COLUMN: The Word of God — Standing submitted

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If you are like me you probably have at least one song that you have not quite gotten all of the words to correctly or maybe you did not quite catch the meaning of a phrase.

One song for me was “At the Cross.” The phrase was, “where accused and condemned find mercy and grace,” and I would consistently sing, “where confused and condemned.” Every. Single. Time.

I loved to sing songs in church as a little girl. One of my favorites was “The B-I-B-L-E, yes that’s the book for me. I stand alone on the Word of God, the B-I-B-L-E.” It seemed odd to me that I was supposed to stand on my Bible and that I was going to have to be alone.

Whenever I would sing the song I got my Bible out, put it on the floor and stood on it. My 7-year-old thinking was fairly literal so I thought that’s what I was supposed to do. Thankfully, when I became older I realized that “standing alone on the Word of God” had a different application.

The Bible is the most important book we could ever read or study. It’s not just that we read the stories and learn about the characters, but that we trust that God is showing us something about himself and he is using those stories to teach us how to know him better and be more like him.

When we submit our lives to the Holy Scriptures we are deciding that the Bible will be the instruction book for our lives.

We read in 2 Tim 3:16-17 that “All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

We are reminded that the words and the stories in the Bible are true and helpful and that God chose them for us as He reveals to us Kingdom principles; His heart for us as His children; and Jesus, the One who is The Way, The Truth and The Life.

To “stand alone on the Word of God,” means that we seek God through his word to learn and grow into who He has called us to be as his sons and daughters. How we respond to the Word of God directly impacts our ability to look like Jesus and reflects our understanding of the heart of the Father.

Honestly, it’s much easier to put the Bible on the floor and just stand on it. Being conformed into the image of Christ can be hard work.

But being submitted to the Word of God will breathe life, bring maturity, and assist us in walking in a manner worthy of our calling in Christ. It’s so worth it!

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