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Honoring God’s Word

Then Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up.  Nehemiah 8:5 NASB

honoring God's WordBrother George stands while the rest of the congregation sits. By doing so, he is honoring God’s Word.

I lead communion at my church. When I read the biblical reference that prepares us to partake of communion, I always admire Brother George. We know him as our walking Bible. He often has his Bible open and a Scripture verse for the moment. Almost every church has a Brother George. We need more like him.

Ezra read from the Book of the Law from early morning to midday. As he did, the people of Israel showed honor and respect for God’s Word by giving it their undivided attention. So should we.

Sometimes I let other things, such as reading my favorite periodical or scrolling through social media, trump God’s message through the Bible. But the Bible gives food for our spirit. Having a Bible and not reading it is like having a gift card for a gourmet restaurant and not using it. Doing so shows we do not believe the food is that good, but we will never know until we try it.

The most enduring legacy we can leave is our hunger for God’s Word. The lasting image of our lives will be us in our quiet place, feasting on God’s Word.

Make a plan to honor God’s Word daily. 

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Ken Barnes

Ken Barnes has had a twenty-five year career in educational pursuits. He has taught in various public and private schools in Pennsylvania, Hawaii, and Virginia. He also worked for seventeen years with Youth With A Mission as a school leader, recruiter, and director. Ken holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the author of The Chicken Farm and Other Sacred Places. He currently is a speaker, blogger, and freelance writer. Ken lives with his wife Sharon in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Visit Ken at https://sites.google.com/site/kenbarnesbooksite/