Over the years, I’ve visited many parishioners at various hospitals. Like Englewood Hospital in New Jersey, where my two sons were born. Or peddling my French Motobacane moped across the George Washington Bridge to New York City’s Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center; and, of course, numerous ones in Western Washington. One medical procedure used on parishioners involved a special dye that would highlight problems in the network of veins and arteries. Problems only detected by that special dye.
The Bible is that for us and more–as in a surgeon’s scalpel. The author of Hebrews says, ‘…the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered…’ (4: 12-13).
Like a dye or knife that reveals physical problems, the Bible will open up our lives to God’s scrutiny like nothing else can or will. If you have no desire at all to change, totally satisfied with yourself as you are, love everything about yourself and want absolutely nothing to do with the things of the Lord, then don’t read the Bible. Don’t give it any credence whatsoever. None.
While there is ample comfort and encouragement found in its pages, the Bible is much more than that. Like a surgeon who needs to remove, replace or resection something in our body that’s playing havoc with our health, so God’s Word will cut and penetrate, getting right to the heart of the problem. To show us where we need help and change. To grow healthy… in Christ. Interested?
Don’t shy away from the Divine Surgeon. Jesus is still the Great Physician. For our good… to make us more like Himself. Do your work, Dr. Jesus! Show me what I can’t see. Make me more like yourself! Before I die, give me that special dye! So I can be a cut above! To be like You, Jesus!
Prayer: Lord, we want less sin in our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.