If you want to see the Word really come to life, share it with others! As you see it touch and transform other lives as it has yours, as you see the Lord manifest Himself to them through His Word like He has to you, your faith will grow even more.
You may not realize how much you’re learning from the Word while you’re reading it or even when you try to apply it to your own life, but you’ll be amazed at the wisdom and insight you’ve gained from the Word once you begin to use it to help others with their problems and point them to the answer man—Jesus! Just ask Jesus, by the Holy Spirit, to bring to your remembrance what will help them most, and He will.1
The key to successfully sharing your faith with others is to stay close to Jesus. You do that by spending time with Him in prayer, and by filling up on the Word and then doing your best to obey it and please Him. As Jesus said, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good [things]. … For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”2 Fill up your heart, and you won’t have any trouble knowing what to say. The more Word you take in, the easier and more natural it will be for you to pour it out to others.
If at first you feel shy or embarrassed about sharing the Word with others, here’s a good promise to claim: “I will speak of Your testimonies … and will not be ashamed.”3 Just pray for the Lord’s help and try it. Claim “Holy Spirit power”!4 Talk to others about Jesus and the Word—then watch Him work wonders! The more you do that and the more you see Him work, the easier it will get.
When others see you spreading the Word, and when they see what a wonderful difference it’s made in your life and theirs, they will want to do the same. Soon they’ll be spreading God’s Word to yet others, and you’ll all be part of the marvelous chain reaction which began when Jesus commissioned His first disciples to “go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”5 He’s out to win the world with His love, one heart at a time, and His plan is simple: Teach others to teach others. As the apostle Paul wrote, “The things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”6
“He who waters will also be watered himself.”7 As you give of what you have been given by God, He will give you more. And the first half of that verse promises that “the generous soul will be made rich.” The more you spread the Word, the more of His blessings you’ll receive—here and now, as well as when you arrive in heaven one day.
Jesus will bless you with a closer, deeper relationship with Him. Those you lead to Him will be eternally grateful to you, and you will have a special shine in heaven. He has promised: “Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.”8
God has blessed you with life and love and truth and the key to all your needs through His Word, but He doesn’t want it to stop there. “Freely you have received, freely give.”9 Pass it on!
Think about it…
The Word is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold on me.—Martin Luther
People need a standard to live by, and this is what God has given us! If you don’t know what to do, if you can’t decide what’s right, go to your Bible. It makes every path very plain. Let it rule your heart and guide your feet!—V.B.B.
The answers we find in the Word are not always quick or easy answers, but they are in fact real answers.
The Bible is to be believed and understood in the plain and obvious meaning of its passages; for I cannot persuade myself that a book intended for the instruction and conversion of the whole world should cover its true meaning in such mystery and doubt, so that none but critics and philosophers can discover it.—Daniel Webster
Some people are critical of everything; some embrace anything. The wise weigh all things by the Word.
There’s nothing more important to your spiritual life than the Word.
To read the Word without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
What makes the difference is not how many times you have been through the Bible, but how many times and how thoroughly the Bible has been through you.—Gypsy Smith
The secret of spiritual power and victory and overcoming and fruitfulness and fire and life and light and everything is the Word!—D.B.B.
You can’t understand all you read in the Word, but you can follow what you do understand.
Besides the once-and-for-all cleansing of salvation, you need the daily cleansing of the Word from daily sin.10
His story makes history. His Word and man’s reaction to it can alter the course of world events.
The Word finds us where we are, and, with our permission, will take us where we ought to go.
You believe God’s Word as much as you follow what it says!
Men do not reject the Bible because it contradicts itself, but because it contradicts them.