Words of Eternal Life

Read: “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.  I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.  I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”  Psalm 119:9-11 (NIV)

“Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life’” John 6:68 (NIV)

Reflect: When I opened my first law office as sole practitioner, I vowed to keep honest accounts. When that future day arrived where I had to sit across from an IRS auditor, I wanted to be able to look him or her in the eye and say that my accounts were accurate, all receipts and cash accounted for, and all expenses were for the business only. That day came, and I was glad that I had kept my vow (and honest books)!

Like me, we all often do the right thing for the wrong reasons: out of fear of being found out and punished, not because God’s word is hidden in our hearts. We are bombarded daily with messages from our culture that are contrary to God’s word. For example, God’s word tells us to flee sexual immorality (1 Corinthians 6:18), but culture tells us to go ahead as long as you don’t hurt anyone or get caught. Jesus’ word tells us to pay our taxes (Matthew 22:21); culture says it’s okay to cheat the government as long as we don’t get caught. We are told lying is okay under certain circumstances (of our choosing), but God tells us to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).

The words of our culture can lead to pain and even eternal death. Jesus offers us the words of eternal life. In order to hear those words, we must hide them in our hearts where they are readily available.

React: Do I know enough of God’s word to discern the false words that I hear each day? Commit to spending time every day learning God’s words of life.

Pray: Lord, you have the words of eternal life.  May I know and believe the truth of your word and learn to hide it in my heart.