I love Instagram. It’s one of my favorite social media platforms because pictures are beautiful to me. They’re art. Each picture represents a small piece of the story into the window of someone’s life. And what makes it especially interesting is that everyone can see a picture through a different lens providing different perspectives.
Take the following picture for example. What’s the first thing you see?
I saw the three rings.
My husband saw the upside down book.
My son saw the “deer” (or whatever that is).
My friend saw the coffee cup.
Different takes on the same photo, yet equally interesting.
Which leads me to the Bible.
The Bible is like a big picture. There are many different parts that make up the whole story.
Each of us reads through the Bible using a different filter of life experience, which we then apply as a different understanding of God. It’s what makes the Bible so interesting, so fascinating and so engaging. We each have a different perspective to share, something equally valuable to add to the bigger discussion of faith.
The Instagram community has grown to millions and millions of followers because people are passionately engaged and active, but could the same be said about our Bible reading community?
My challenge to you is this, are you actively engaged in a community where you regularly discuss the Bible? I don’t mean church where you listen to a sermon on Sunday that’s preached to you, I mean a discussion – questions that are asked, opinions that are shared, perspectives that are pondered, and answers that are wrestled with.
If not, I so encouraged you get involved. The Bible will only come alive to you when you find relevance to its truth. And truth will only come alive if you heart desires for it do so.
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, Lord; teach me your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. Be good to your servant while I live, that I may obey your word. Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.”