Insulation reduces the ability of an atmosphere either inside or outside a building to escape out or penetrate in. It isolates us, puts a barrier between us and a climate. It allows us to control our surroundings and our immediate atmosphere.
That’s great. Life is better with insulation.
The Christian life however is not better with insulation.
But it seems that many of us are insulating ourselves from the Word of God. How? We use secondary sources rather than engage directly with God’s Word.
- We need to honor those who share the Word with us, we should listen to good messages, but that message is not the Word of God. Hopefully it is the result of the messenger’s personal engagement with the Word, but it may not be. Some people who speak are sharing what they read in other secondary sources. Either way, it is not direct involvement with the Word, there is a layer of insulation, not all of it is getting through.
- Fill in the blank or other types of Bible study guides are really helpful. I have used them and in some cases still do. But in those studies someone else has directly engaged with the Scripture and is leading you through what they learned. You are being steered in the direction of their conclusions both by the references they ask you to consult, and the questions they ask about those passages. Again, a layer of insulation…
- I am currently reading through two or three books that deal with Biblical topics. If you could see my office you would note that I am literally surrounded by books and my Bible program has hundreds more in its library. While I am helped by those books, they are, again, someone else’s work. Someone else dug into the text and wrote what they saw. I can benefit, but it is a layer of insulation between me and the text.
The challenge is that many of us have not been shown how. That is the purpose of this ministry. If you need help with this, let me know. I will help you take down the insulation.