How’s Your Time In The Word?

This morning I was challenged by a story I heard and thought I would share. There was a successful handy man who wanted to use his gifts to be able to serve God and others. The handy man reached out to an older successful Christian business man to get his thoughts on this new ministry he wanted to do. After the two men talked for a while the older man asked the handy man about how many hours a week he was going to devote to this new ministry. The man said about 12 to 15 hours a week. The older man thought for a while then asked the young man, are you willing to devote 12 to 15 hours a week studying the Word of God and getting to know him. The young man said no, he couldn’t see himself doing that. The older man looked and the younger man and said, “I don’t think you should start this ministry then.” The speaker who was sharing this story was making the point that it is easy to serve and do things for God, but most people don’t want to take the time to get to know God for them selves and to study the Scriptures. The speaker went on to say, the people who have really had an impact on the Christian culture are people who have spent hours upon hours upon hours studying God’s Word and getting to know Him. The men that come to my mind are: Martin Luther, John Calvin, Charles Spurgeon, some men in today’s time are, RC Sproul, John Piper, Timothy Keller. There are many, many more men, and they all have one thing in common, they have spent countless hours studying the Scriptures. I had a professor at CIU, Dr. Bedell, who taught the book of Romans for years. A student asked him one day what he was going to do when he could not teach anymore. Dr. Bedell said, “I will continue to study the book of Romans.” Here is a man who has spent almost his entire life studying one book of the Bible. Some will say, “I don’t have time?” That is an excuse! Make time, we have plenty of time for all of our other hobbies outside of work, but we don’t have time to study God’s word. I was convicted this morning that the little time I do in the mornings is not enough. How is your time in the Word?

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