I’ve attended a two-day ‘Keys to Transformation Seminar’ at Elijah House. And this question posted to the attendees at the start of the seminar got my immediate attention—
Do you take God’s words lightly?
My instant response was, of course not!
But just take a look at this verse from the Bible:
Do not judge, or you too will be judged. Matthew 7:1 NIV
Or, another translation in AMP
Do not judge and criticize and condemn [others unfairly with an attitude of self-righteous superiority as though assuming the office of a judge], so that you will not be judged [unfairly]
And I have the truth staring at me. I do take God’s words lightly!—because I do judge others.
(For a clearer context of this verse, consider to read this article by Wayne Stiles ‘Judge not, lest ye be judged—what Jesus meant’, then come back to continue reading this post)
That caused me to be worried, and I’d better be…
What other words from God have I taken lightly?
Those words which I’ve read and understood in my mind, but I didn’t ask God to help me live it out.
I worry not because of a fear of being punished, or of blindly sticking to religious laws. I worry because it shows a lack of my honour for God.
I worry because God’s words are truth, and I’m defying His words!
A shift happened—now when I read the Bible, I have a renewed interest in what God is saying to me through His words. The Bible became personal. And rich.
‘Do you take God’s words lightly?’ became my wake up call in my journey of knowing God.