If you could boil down your Christian beliefs to its base components, what would they be? Mine are below.
4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and to insight, “You are my relative.”
Today, I have the honor and privilege to give a small, inspiring speech to a beautiful graduate. She has been home-schooled and didn’t get a graduation ceremony, so her mom and dad are having one for her. As I consider what to say, I think I’ll start at my beginning:
When I trusted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I believed what He told me about His Word, “Sanctify them by the truth; Your Word is truth.” John 17:17. I believed that His Word is the truth, therefore I could read it and know that through it I was being sanctified. I didn’t know what “sanctified” meant at the time, but I do now. The dictionary definition is, “To be made holy.” My own definition is, “To be like Jesus, which is holy.” So, if I read my Bible regularly and do what it says, then I will become like Jesus.
So, Elyanne, I want to inspire you to do what I did. I boiled my Christian beliefs down to these two components:
- Trust Jesus.
- Read the Bible.
If you will do these two things over and over again each day, then you will become just like Jesus. From here, I would like to inspire you to something else: Take it to a higher level and become a Bible scholar. Robin is in the middle of a study on Galatians written by Beth Moore and her daughter, Melissa. Beth is a Bible scholar in her own right, but Melissa takes it to another level. Melissa:
- holds an M.A. in Biblical Exegesis (Wheaton Collage Graduate School, 2007),
- a Th.M. (Theology Masters) in Biblical Studies (Columbia Theological Seminary, 2010)
- and an M.A. in Biblical Languages (Houston Baptist University, 2016).
- See “Now That Faith Has Come,” A Study of Galatians.
She has such a passion for God’s Word that she has learned to read it in Hebrew and Greek. She may even be able to read it in Aramaic and Latin!
You don’t have to be just like Melissa, but I want you to realize that you can be whatever God puts in your heart. Don’t limit yourself; stay open to what the Lord is telling you and where the Spirit is leading you. One more thing, many times, we must follow Him over the hill to find the road that He is really leading us to take. Don’t be afraid to change and adjust. Rarely does He take us straight to the goal; there are people to meet, folks to which to minister, and all kinds of things to learn along the way.
That’s good advice for all of us, don’t you think?
Abba, bless Elyanne today as we celebrate this benchmark in her life. May she trust You and read her Bible faithfully, even as she has since she was saved. May we all turn up the heat on both in our lives, as well. Thank You, Abba, for Elyanne. Amen.