Yesterday I preached a message on reading the Bible literally. I know there are many who don’t, even within the church. From believers, I just don’t get it, at all. Let me just be blunt today and maybe sound a little prideful for just a second. Many people have told me I’m a pretty good speaker. It’s not really a pride thing, God has given me an ability and I try very hard to use it to the best of my ability. Again I hate to sound boastful, and hopefully in a second you’ll hear what I am getting at.

I serve a church that loves me and compensates me to the best of their ability, fairly and even generously. I also get the privilege to speak at a lot of churches and, almost to a one, they have also been quite generous. That being said, I know many professional motivational speakers make upwards of $2500 an hour, and many make substantially more. One guy I know, who has a very similar speaking practice to mine in the “secular world,” using art and storytelling, drives a Lamborghini. Why do I serve the church when other things could be so much more lucrative? Because I believe the Bible and what it teaches, and I believe God in his grace has called me to preach His Word. If I didn’t, I’d be grabbing for the big bucks. I can’t for the life of me understand how people can be in ministry without believing what the Bible says.

Now I know some things in the Bible are figures of speech, and I’m even willing to concede that a few things in there may have been best understood for another time, but I have to tell you for the most part, I take it quite literally and believe it is all useful to us (see yesterday’s post). Some will look at this and shake their heads. I understand that. They will point out some things, especially the miraculous things, and say they are impossible in our world. This, I believe, is the disconnect. We serve a God who is supernatural. This means He is not limited by the order of nature He created. He is above it.

I take on faith that the One who changed my life and saved my soul is big enough to do the otherwise impossible. I believe He cares for us and loves us. I believe He knows the story from the beginning to the end and the role each of us plays. I believe He has my best interests at heart and that He rewards in ways that last beyond this world. I believe He gave HIs only Son to save us from our sins and reconcile us to Himself and I believe I (and many others) are called to take that message to the ends of the earth. I believe the Bible and I am willing to take God at His Word. To quote the apostle Paul, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…”

We Christians, especially those of us entrusted to preach, need to take God at His Word and we need to take His Word seriously, and dare I say, literally. The Bible is the Word of God. God is not a man that He should lie. His Word is the truth that points us to the One who said “I am the truth.” Jesus Christ, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Lord and Savior, the only way to the Father.

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