“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17). NKJV
Men are notorious for not reading instructions. Often, one’s reason for not reading instructions is because he thinks it’s easier to do it his way.
I once heard of a father who bought his daughter a swing set. The little girl’s mother told the dad before he began his project of putting the swing set together that he should read the instructions, but he refused. Hours later, screws, bolts, nuts and parts of the swing set lay all over the yard. Why? Because the man didn’t read the instructions.
Today, the lives of countless people lie in shambles because they have failed to read the instructions for life that God provides in His Word. Marriages have ended, young people have become wayward, careers have been ruined, people have been imprisoned and, sadly, millions have died and gone to Hell because they never took the time to read God’s instructions.
Don’t misunderstand! The Bible is much more than an instruction book. God’s Word is really the story of Jesus, from Genesis to Revelation.
In the story, we learn that God planned all along to send Jesus to show us how to live, to redeem us of our sins by dying on the cross and to rise from the dead offering us the hope of everlasting life.
When Jesus came to earth, He lived humbly (Philippians 2:8), He lived lovingly (John 13:34-35), He lived prayerfully (Luke 5:16) and He lived selflessly (John 17:4).
But don’t think for a moment that simply imitating Jesus can cause you to live life according to God’s instructions or give you hope of life to come. It is imperative that you accept Jesus as your personal Savior and recognize Him as the Lord of your life.
Only then, will the Holy Spirit empower you to live life as God would have you to earth and will you be guaranteed a life with Christ in eternity.
Living life your way is the wrong way to live. Living life as Jesus lived His life is the right way to live. But you cannot live like Jesus if you don’t know Him. And you can’t know Him until you place your faith in Him and get to know His story.
Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10) ESV
Do you want to live abundantly in this life? Do you want to live eternally in Heaven? Then. become a student of the story of Jesus (God’s Word—the Bible).
Read the instructions!
Read Psalm 119:11, 105; Proverbs 3:1-2; John 8:32; Hebrews 4:12.
Jerry Fulton's goal in life is to share the love of Jesus, so others might become followers of Christ.