>> Thursday, October 10, 2013
The sound of the keyboard filled the meeting room. Our worship leader spoke as she played some background music. In her comments, she referred to a certain version of the Bible. Later, after some songs, she again mentioned a scripture from a different version of the Bible. And so it went for all the sessions.
There are many different versions of the Bible.
The speaker read from a certain version and then compared it to a different version. Between the speaker and worship leader, probably four or five different versions of the Bible were read, plus some reading from the paraphrase…the Message.
Our ladies retreat was attended by various types of women…some non-Christians, some newly Christian and others having been a Christian for years. No matter where they were on their journey, there was a Bible version that could speak to them.
But what about the people we come in contact with every day. They’ve probably never been to a Christian retreat. We work with them…live next door to them…buy products from them. As I pondered the words read to me at the retreat, I remembered a saying.
You may be the only Bible some people read.
All the different versions of the Bible point to central truths…God loves you and desires a relationship with you. If we call ourselves Christians, shouldn’t our lives point to the same truths? Our reactions to circumstances display a certain version of the Bible. Do we point to a loving God? Do our words line up with a God who understands us? Or do we demonstrate a life of judgment and condemnation?
Exactly what version are you?
“We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their (our) behavior.” Titus 2:5b (MSG)