Apr 25, 2012

A Life Changing Inheritance

This morning on the radio, a pastor by the name of Dr. Howard Hendricks talked about how he gave a man a copy of the New Testament (here is a link to that sermon).  The next day the man showed up and asked where the rest of the book was, he was thirsty for more.  The pastor gave him a copy of the whole Bible and three weeks later the man came back, having read the whole thing.  He asked about a comment that Jesus made, “A man’s life does not consist of the abundance of things he possesses.” Over the proceeding two years the man gave away $1.5 and is trying to free up more.

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

                        2 Timothy 3:14-17

A friend, after reading my last post about Wycliffe BibleTranslators coming to our town to share, sent me this video. It is amazing to watch as these folks in Indonesia receive their first copy of the New Testament in their native tongue. It is crazy to watch how thankful they are for The Word. As an American, inundated in our culture of stuff, I find it hard to be as thankful for anything as they are for the book that I have known since childhood.

Dr. Hendricks, in his sermon goes on to say that we have many elders in our churches who have never read this book cover to cover. It is easy in our culture to neglect the power of God’s Word; I know I do. At the end of the video we see a woman speaking about the Bible that they are receiving. She says the following:

“You look at these older ladies. They will receive the Word of God. They will pass it on to their children, their grandchildren. I will pass it on to my children. And it will keep them in the path of righteousness. And once we’re gone, our children will pass it on to their children.”

We are good at passing on inheritances to our children in America. Industries have formed around passing on our wealth. But are these assets our most precious resource? Are they our children’s most precious inheritance? How can I better steward The Word of God, with all of it’s power that Paul talks about? How can I pass that on more effectively to my children, their children and to the world?

May we be as thankful for His word as those who hear it for the first time. May we desire to pass it on to our children and to those around us.  

On that note, come to coffee with me this Friday and hear about Wycliffe Bible Translators who are presenting The Word to folks around the world in their native tongue. Find more details in my last post here.

Who: Wycliffe Bible Translators – Taking the Bible to all nations.
Where: Great Harvest Bread Co. – Main Street Montrose, CO
When: Friday, April 27th – 8:00am
Why: We were called to do it & they have good coffee.
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