Senior Pastor Duane Mabee's weekly Pastor's Pondering can be read here, as seen in the printed church bulletin weekly.
Put It Into Practiceby Duane Mabee on May 23, 2019
How much do you know about the Bible? We have more access to the Bible and to Bible knowledge than anywhere else in the world. That’s no over statement. Want proof? How many Bibles do you have in your house right now? How many versions of the Bible are on your phone? Do you know how many Christian radio stations we can listen to in Hixson? A quick search came up with 22 stations. We have multiple Christian colleges within an hour’s drive. The list of resources keeps going. If you regularly attend North River, you also hear a lot of Bible teaching.
The next question is more difficult. How much of that Bible knowledge are you actively applying? The vast majority of American Christians know much more about the Bible than they are actively applying. You are great people, but I highly suspect that statement is true of us, too.
In Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Donald S. Whitney writes:
"I’ve known people who were in as many as six Bible studies per week, and yet they grew only in knowledge and not in Christlikeness because they were not applying what they were learning. Despite all their Bible intake, their prayer life wasn’t strong, they weren’t influencing lost people with the gospel, and their family life was strained."
Collecting more Bible knowledge doesn’t automatically make you more Christlike. The dean of men at the Bible college I attended use to compare collecting Bible knowledge without putting it into practice to buying a bag of groceries that you never unpack, cook or eat. Picture that. Say the bag is full of fresh fruit and vegetables. There’s also a couple of packages of meat, some bread, some frozen food, even some ice cream. But you’ve left it on the counter for a couple of weeks or months. Can you picture what the bag looks like and smells like? In a very real way, that is what happens to Biblical knowledge that we collect but never integrate into our lives.
What practices are you actively pursuing to make sure that you are putting into practice the Bible information you know? How do you examine yourself to be sure that you are living in line with the knowledge you have?