In this age of social media, it is only fitting that the greatest tool of the modern-day Christian goes digital! The greatest story ever told is available at the click of a mouse. And every single biblical word can be researched, read, and studied all from your PC, smartphone, or any other various electronic device. But what do we do with this amazing plethora of biblical knowledge at our fingertips? Well, we take our favorite one-liners, make them pretty, and share them. I know what you’re thinking, and yes, they are catchy. We do this too! It’s a lot of fun to share your favorite verses with others. And it’s nice to find a verse that relates to something you may be going through at the time. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with sharing scripture! However, I would challenge us all to ensure we are treating the good book as more than a source of catchphrases.
Bible and Chill
It can be hard to separate where one story in the Bible ends and another begins; it is estimated that there are 600-800 events in the Bible. These events combine into one continuous story that is filled with more excitement, adventure, love, rivalry, heroes and villains, and unexpected plot twists than any blockbuster on earth. So why not share more than just your favorite one-liner?
Share a Story, Teach a Lesson
Do you have a favorite Biblical story? Creation; the fall of Adam and Eve; Noah’s ark; God’s Covenant with Abraham; Moses and the 10 Commandments; the Plagues; David and Goliath; the faith of Job? Or maybe the stories of Isaiah, Micah, Hosea, or Habakkuk; The New Covenant; The Birth of Jesus; the Lord’s Supper? The list goes on. Maybe you have favorite overall teachings, such as humility, grace, faith, perseverance, discipleship, or Christian love. These lists are seemingly endless. Although they don’t fit neatly into a bright image or a one-line phrase, they serve a purpose. Why not allow that one great verse to lead us and others to further study and a search for understanding? If a scripture speaks to you, imagine what the circumstances surrounding it could mean for your situation?
It’s All Good
Ultimately, we love the Bible. It’s the greatest book ever written. And we love sharing it with everyone! Whatever way you choose to share the Word is still a wonderful gift to those who receive the message. But I challenge us all to share more than the greatest catchphrases ever written; let us share the greatest stories ever lived.
Cheerfully in Christ,