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 moped across the George Washington Bridge to 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 only detected by that special dye.
The Bible is that for us — like 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 that reveals physical problems, the Bible opens up our lives to God’s scrutiny like nothing else can. If you have no desire at all to change, totally satisfied with yourself, and want nothing to do with the things of the Lord, then don’t read the Bible.
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 something in our body that’s playing havoc with our health, so God’s Word penetrates, getting right to the heart of the problem, showing us where we need help and change. To grow healthy… in Christ. Interested?
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 like you, Jesus!
Lord, we want less sin in our lives. Help! Amen.