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From as long as I can remember, the Bible has always been in my family. When I learned how to read in my first and second grade, my personal reading exercises were done on the Bible. I was encouraged by my aunt at home to read out loud to her from the Bible . I thought she was interested on what it had to say but now as a grown man, I realize that as a teacher, my aunt was training me to read, not only that but also she was training me to hear the bible speaking to me. And it did.
The two books I read regularly in the Bible were the early chapters of the book of Exodus and the final chapters of the book Revelation. I was terrified and at the same time amazed by the power of God even though I never knew how to get into a personal relationship with God. I used to read from the gospel as well, because most of the Sunday school reading exercises were based on the gospels. My view of Jesus was that he was a very good boy far better than I was. I would feel very sorry that they killed him and then be excited to learn that He rose from the dead. That excitement was suddenly cloaked by His ascension. I was also not so crazy about his second coming because it terrified me.
What terrified me the most about the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is the fact that I knew deep down in my heart, at that tender age of seven that I was a wicked and unworthy boy. It was at the age of 14 when my fears were lifted. It was 1998 November 18, when the light of the gospel came into my life.
I will now share with you the four lessons I have learned from the Bible.
- Life is meaningless
- Life can only make sense when on lives it in the light and view of God. Without God life is meaningless and has no purpose. The human rights to which many people hold, are totally irrelevant without the existence and presence of God in our lives.
- It is meaningless to wake up in the morning and go to work , get paid, spend the money, then die. It is absolute vanity to live on earth without God being the central and the only key element of our lives.
- Work is ordained by God for mankind
- In the book of Genesis it appears that God gave mankind a responsibility to maintain the Garden of Eden, until they day they sinned and were expelled from the Garden. Work was no longer a luxury of being part of God’s work but it became a necessity for survival. It was through sin that we got to toil. At first we were not meant to toil when we work. We were meant to enjoy work and glorify in the process.
- God takes Sin very seriously
- Judging by the fact that out first parents, were expelled from the Garden of Eden, shows that God seriously hates sin.
- Countless people both in the New and the Old Testament died, just to remind us how serious God is about sin.
- Ultimately God struck His own Son on the cross of Calvary in order to save us. The fact that he struck His own Son for us, shows how serious God is about sin. He hates Sin!!!
- Love and Faith have one thing in common
- I have learned that faith without works is dead. One will always show his faith through his works.
- Equally love is not proven by words, by action. One will be best believed that they have love when they stop talking their feelings for some body and to sacrificially act for the benefit of those they claim to love.
- So both faith and love have one thing in common. Proof for their existence is through work and in most cases that work comes with a huge price tag.