“As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 4:1-2
I am eager to put together my new bookshelf in my house. I start to take all the pieces and lay them out one by one and start to figure out how they are all going to fit together. I see this small white sheet of paper pop out full of instructions. I set that off to the side as I begin to put pieces together. Thirty minutes in, I look at my bookshelf and see that it is leaning to the left, badly. Not only is it leaning, it is barley holding DVD’s that I put on the top shelf. Finally, in desperation, I turn to the instruction manual to guide me to my solution. Instruction sheets are a great tool when starting a new project.
How many of you look at the instruction sheet when you don’t know how to do something? I don’t feel like I am the only one that says, “I can figure this out on my own.” As Christians, we don’t have to go down this journey by ourselves. We have the best instruction sheet, The Bible, to help guide us on our journey. A lot of the time, we think that we can go and figure out life on our own. Instead we should be diving into scripture to help lead us toward living a life more like Christ. It takes time to sit down and plan through the steps. However, when we dig into scripture, we find so many answers that were right in front of us. It is one of the best tools that is underused by Christians today. So use Paul’s words from years ago to start shaping your instruction manual today.
Prayer: Lord we thank you for your instructions. Your wise words constructed many years ago still shaping and applying to our lives today. Teach us to understand your manual and show us how it fits into our life. Lead us to you with your words. Let us learn more about how we can live our lives like you. Lord thank you for letting us all have a little bit of a lean. The lean reminds us that we are not complete and to always come running back to your instructions. Let us figure the rest of the bookshelf together. We say these things in your son’s great name, Amen.
submitted by Kurt Hamilton