Defining Deviancy Down By Micah Clark The title is a reference to a concept espoused…
By Joseph Parker
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life,and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” – (John 1:1-5)
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” – (Psalm 119:105).
“and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings,which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” – (2 Timothy 3:15-17).
“For best results, follow the instructions of the manufacturer.”
These are words we often find in the instruction manual or manuscript that comes with an item purchased that needs to be assembled. This is very common. That’s true because usually, the one who made or “created” the appliance or item knows better than others how to put it together and/or how it should function or operate correctly.
God, our Heavenly Father, is the “manufacturer” – the Maker and Sustainer of life and of all people. He created the whole world and all the people in it. As both the Creator and Sustainer of life, He created things and He knows how they were created to work best – most fruitfully – and correctly.
At times, the statement is made “The problem with life is that it doesn’t come with an instruction manual.” Well, I beg to differ. O, yes it does! That instruction manual is called the Bible. It is the written Word of God. The Bible is the Word of God in print. The Word of God is God’s will, His counsel, and His wisdom. The Word of God is God’s heart and His truth – for all the world and for all of life.
God’s Word covers all of life in its wisdom and counsel. Every concern, every issue, and/or every topic is addressed in some way. In either direct statement or principle, God’s Word covers everything. God’s Word is the key to all of life. It’s the key to everything.
For us as believers, it should be our desire and our deliberate intention to live following and walking in the wisdom of God’s precious Word. We are called to live a lifestyle of consistently choosing to follow the guidance God’s Word gives us. That is how we live biblically. The Bible, God’s Word, is the guidebook for all of life for us. As we live by and follow the guidance found in God’s Word, we are living biblically.
In order to live biblically, believers would be wise to pursue doing at least two things faithfully with God’s Word in their lives. Believers should:
1) Read and meditate on the Word of God daily, and
2) obey the Word of God daily.
Living biblically simply means that a believer is consistently listening to the Word of God, and consistently doing what it says. He or she is guided by the direction, instructions, and counsel given in God’s holy Word. For the believer, the Bible is not simply a book that decorates our coffee tables and sits handsomely on our shelves as a symbol of the spirituality of one’s family. It’s our guidebook for all of life, our roadmap for the journey of life.
So when a believer reads in the Word of God “Be kind to one another…” then he or she needs to purposely choose to walk in kindness. When a believer is mean, impatient, grouchy, and hard to get along with, and that’s the way he or she carries themselves regularly, they are not living biblically in that area of their life. If a believer was to obey this command, he or she would be considerate of the life, feelings, and concerns of others, and act accordingly.
When an individual reads “You shall not steal” yet consistently steals items from the company where he or she works, that person is not living biblically. To obey that command would be to respect the possessions and ownership of others.
When a person reads in the Word of God, “You shall not commit adultery” yet he or she lives an immoral lifestyle, getting involved sexually with one or more persons to whom they are not married, that person is not living biblically. Or if a person gets involved in homosexual sin in any form, that individual is not living biblically.
When an individual reads “You shall not kill” yet willfully goes to an abortion clinic to have an abortion, or pays for someone to have an abortion, that person or those persons are not living biblically. Or if a person drives an individual to a clinic to assist them, that person is not living biblically in this situation.
It is very critical that we as Christians faithfully pursue living out the guidance and direction God’s Word gives us. That’s what it is for. To give us guidance and direction in order to be successful in our lives.
Living biblically is its own reward. Obedience to the Word of God leads to a life of greater and greater blessing and freedom. Obedience is always followed by blessing. To disobey the Word Of God always leads to loss one hundred percent of the time. Disobedience will always cause you loss in some way. It simply does not pay to disobey God’s Word.
So, in a word, living biblically is its own reward. Obedience to God always leads to blessing. Every believer is called to live biblically. We are called to be diligent students who continually listen to the Word of God. And we are to be faithful to live out that which we read and learn. And know that the call to live a biblical lifestyle is a call that God gives to all of His children.