I think all of us are guilty of reading Scripture with glazed eyes and a dull heart at times. I know I can. I think sometimes we become so familiar with a text that it loses its impact and wonder.
We can forget that this God-breathed text is meant to take us beyond the natural. And when we forget that, we miss out on some serious transformation.
Take for example, how do you react when you’ve just been hit in the face with an ugly insult? Or someone unloads their anger on you? Does the truth of Scripture shape your response?
Is this instruction what immediately comes to mind and is this how you respond:
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Prov. 15:1)
“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called . . .” (1 Peter 3:8–9)
“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” (James 1:19–20)
Do we let this truth shape our lives or do we yawn through those words and then go on our merry way unaffected? Do I believe that a soft answer, a gentle reply to an angry spouse, friend, or coworker, really can turn away wrath?
Do I really believe that I’m supposed to respond to insult or evil treatment in brotherly LOVE?
Wait a minute, I have to “bless” the person who is being rude or harsh . . . Really? I can’t return their injury with a swift kick to their ego or at least place a creative jab on their pompous pride? At least let me raise my eyebrow a bit and give them the “you’re an idiot” facial response.
If I really believe that Scripture means what it says . . . I’ll live it . . . and if I’m living it, the transformation will be evident.
What I fear has happened in the Church today, is that we’ve become so complacent in our approach to God’s truth that we no long tremble at His Word, and therefore we never leave the natural realm.
We look like everybody else.
Nothing supernatural happening here.
What an indictment.
Of all places where the supernatural should be seen, it should be seen in the transformed lives of believers.
It should be happening in the most ordinary of days, in the most typical conversations, during a meeting at work, at the grocery store, in the market place, and in our homes. As a believer, we always have the opportunity to live beyond the “natural.”
Scripture should be shaping our every response. When it isn’t . . . our profession to know the Living God and live by His Spirit-breathed Word . . . comes off as a sham. Titus 2:5 calls it blaspheming the word. To profess to be a Christian but live without transformation causes the watching world to revile the word of God, rather than allowing them to see living evidence of the power of the gospel.
I want to live out the power of the gospel today by really living out what the Word says. I can’t do it in the natural, but by the power of His Spirit, I can live beyond the natural.