“The mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.” ~Col 1:26-29
A common error many Christians fall into, no matter how old or young, is that when reading Scripture, the mind is continually wandering to other things. This is especially true when the text is something that is hard to understand. The last time I read through Romans, I had to reread each chapter about three times each because I couldn’t concentrate. The reason we aren’t able to concentrate is that we let the cares of the day and the week take such a high priority that we no longer care about reading the Bible. Now, that may seem a little strong; after all - you may think - I’ve never disliked reading the Word. I would agree: I’m not saying that we dislike reading the Bible, but rather that we don’t like it as much as we should or need to. If we truly loved delving into the richness and wisdom of the Scriptures, we would hardly be able to tear ourselves away from our Bibles to take care of earthly needs. Which is why it is so important that we memorize, so that we never have to be without the Word. However, to get back to the point, when you read the Word, whether it is in the morning when you get up, during the day, or when you go to bed at night, hide God’s Word in your heart. Take joy in the fact that the Lord has seen fit to reveal the “mystery” to you. Take your job seriously. Not your job of earning a living to support your family or your duty of taking care of what the Lord has given you in terms of a house and property. You have a different job which is spiritual, not physical. You are to warn unbelievers of the impending disaster that is ahead of them. It seems that it takes things like natural disasters, such as the recent tsunami in Japan, in which thousands were killed, to awaken our sorrow to concern over lost souls. Shouldn’t we be concerned about that every day? We pass people on the streets so often and all we ever really say to them is “hi” or “hello.” Reading the Word of God should embolden your spirit and inflame you with a righteous zeal for the saving of souls. Yet also remember the second part: “teaching every man in all wisdom.” Study the Scriptures so that you are able to help lead your family and other believers through the deep, meaty passages. Again, take your job seriously and may the Lord help you in your task.
Your brother in Christ,