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Timothy Griffin: Looking Up

No Substitute

(Timothy Griffin)
February 4, 2013

care_box.jpgLast week, I walked out the building where my office is housed and approached the bus stop to wait on a bus to carry me across campus.

As I stood there, a girl walked up holding a box. A few minutes later, one of her friends came up and asked, “Is the box from home?” The girl smiled and said, “yes”.

That took me back to my undergraduate days when I used to get those care packages from home. To be honest, every now and then, mom will still drop me one of those boxes – of course these days, most of the contents are for my kids.

As I continued to reflect, I thought, we rarely send or receive mail these days of any kind. Mail has instead been replaced by texting, e-mailing, skyping, tweeting and several other similar means of communication. But, at this point, there hasn’t been a replacement for sending the good old care package. You see, although movie magic has fine-tuned the art of teleporting items and even people, that’s just not a reality.

In my vocation, I have the opportunity to counsel many people each week from a spiritual perspective and I am becoming more and more aware that there is something else that we rarely do these days. That something is reading God’s word.

 I am finding that we like to talk about the Bible, hear others talk about the Bible, read books about the Bible and quote the Bible. But in reality, few actually systematically read the Bible.

looking_up.jpgThough all the aforementioned Bible-related activities are wonderful in their own right, just as there is no substitute for shipping a box, none of those activities are substitutes for actually reading God’s Word.

II Timothy 3:16, 17 tells us, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

David similarly says in Psalm 119:195, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want a picture of the box or somebody to tell me about the contents of the box. I want to hold the box, open the box and get all the contents from the box. Only then is it fulfilling the sender’s purpose.

Do you get the picture? Keep looking up and looking in God’s Word.

Timothy Griffin serves as a Campus Pastor at Liberty University. The Campus Pastors Office exists to help produce students who have the highest standards of Christian conduct and Biblical principles so that they may reach people for Christ in whatever venue that the Lord may call them.