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Chris Paul, Albert Pujols, and, you know, the Bible


The sports world’s abustlin’. The proposal-veto roller coaster of the three-team Paul/Gasol-Odom/Martin-Scola-Dragic trade has topped the headlines, punctuating what seems like a strong case for an exciting NBA season. For us baseball people, the Angels’ signing of Pujols is at the top of the news.

I’m sitting here at the dining room table reading about these sports-world-changing deals on my iTouch, but across the table are 3 sports magazines that came in the mail today.

They’re all out of date already.

The trades, vetoes and signings of the day–as well as all the other scores and highlights from the wide wide wide world of sports– have rendered these magazines out of date (although not entirely, of course). Last week’s issues are over on the living room table. The fact that new things happen every day in the world is what makes news, well, news. But that’s also what makes these endless issues of sports-zines lose their relevance so quickly.

Some people would say that that’s the beauty of the sports world, and I would agree. It’s exciting. It’s doesn’t get old! And new issues will always come in the mail.

As a Christian, though, my thoughts are drawn by this illustration toward the exciting news that comes out every day for us as those redeemed. The front page news of the Gospel and the headlines of its related truths. It’s the same news every single day, but it never loses its relevance. It takes the same duct-taped-pleather-bound form every day, but it is always up to date. It may seem outdated, but it is indeed impactful and continually life-changing.

Hebrews 4 says of God’s Word:

For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Let’s think of it as such, treat it as such, read it as such, and depend on it as such. When we can start to develop a pattern of submitting to the Bible as God’s Word in our lives and as something we need for life, then the relevance and up-to-datedness becomes rather evident. We’ll read the same old news every day, be enthused by it anew more often than not (because thats the nature of it), see it in fresh ways, see new applications, live by it moment by moment, and share it with others as the ultimate Good News!

It all starts with how we view it.

The Bible is living, active, convicting, relevant, and everything else God has made it to be.

In the words of Steve Lawson:

The Bible is more up to date than tomorrow’s newspaper.

Well said, no?

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