The Word of God is the most relevant thing we can give to people. In order to really live that out, we need to be people who are not only in it, but devouring it. My daughter took this concept very seriously. Of course, this might not be exactly what we mean by that. It does illustrate, in a strange sense, the importance of the Word. My daughter will always find paper in the room, wherever it is. She will spend her time trying to get to it so that she can put it in her mouth. This should be how we look at the Word of God. This is not something that we can live without, it is what we need to survive!
Think about this as it relates to the Gospel. We don’t just have some words given to us by some smart guru, instead we have the very Word of God. It is a privilege and a responsibility.
“For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts.” – 1 Thessalonians 2:3-4
Paul describes his work with the people. This relates well to the work I do with teenagers and the job I have of raising my children. The appeal that I make to them does not come from some desire to be important. If it did, I would have run away screaming a long time ago. It is not easy to communicate these truths to teenagers today. But I have been entrusted with the gospel! This is an important message that must be shared with all people. A message that originates with God and that works by the authority of God. I know that I am not perfect, but to know that God placed me here, with these people, for this time, helps me to realize the urgency of the task.
“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” – Joshua 1:8