“Aunt Karen, can we go to the buffet at Golden Corral today?”
My nephew, Parker, enjoys a buffet. So his restaurant choice for lunch after church often includes this style of dining.
Pick and Choose Buffet
We’re talking about a mouth-watering spread. The choices include meats, vegetables, side-dishes, breads, and desserts. And the food themes offer a taco bar, pasta bar, and every item you ever imagined on the salad bar.
But Parker’s food-pick is one among ten to fourteen family members who voice an opinion. We occasionally go to Pizza Hut’s buffet (not my personal favorite and limited choices). Yet, our family’s never gone to Golden Corral’s buffet for lunch on a Sunday. So, poor Parker, I hope his parents take him there on occasion.
Perhaps you enjoy a good buffet. Picking and choosing all the foods you love, leaving behind items you’d rather live without and your taste buds thank you for it.
Choices seem endless without judgement of what you pick or don’t. The unspoken motto; Come, enjoy, choose what you want, be merry and leave full.
Still, the world encourages the same slogan. After all, they try to convince us life’s one big buffet menu. Choose whatever you want, leave behind items you’d rather live without, your real friends will thank you for it.
Culture promotes the exact advertisement when it comes to God’s Holy Scripture. And sadly, some believers, church-folk, own stock in this marketing campaign. Listen, take to heart the parts you love—in agreement with—and ignore everything else.
4 Reasons the Bible’s Not a Buffet
1. God-breathed and Useful. God’s Word comes from Him, the Creator, and sets the standards for how to live the Christian life. And it proves more heart-healthy than a buffet’s “choose whatever you want.” “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV (Emphasis Mine).When we inhale God's Word, we exhale by our example in Christian living. #Bible Click To Tweet
2. Nourishing and Sustaining. Not only do we feed our bodies to sustain life, but we must also nourish our souls. Something much deeper than a buffet’s “be merry and leave full.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God’” Matthew 4:4 NIV.When we taste that God is good, our lives overflow in abundance. (Ps. 34:8) #Bible Click To Tweet
3. Living and Active. Nothing the world’s buffet serves us curbs our spiritual appetites, gives long-lasting satisfaction, or transforms our character. But God’s Word changes me at the core of who I am. “For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart” Hebrews 4:12 AMP.When the Bible comes alive in our hearts, God transforms us to the image of Christ. #Bible Click To Tweet
4. Truth and Light. While culture grapples to define truth, the Bible remains fundamental and trustworthy, and true from Genesis to Revelation. God’s the Word Himself and the word became flesh in Christ, full of grace and truth (John 1:1, 14). Culture’s buffet suggests we agree with whatever our gut tells us feels right. Still, the world walks in darkness. But Scripture sheds light on our lives. “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105 NLT.When we meditate on Scripture, the Word guides our feet and lights our path. #Bible Click To Tweet
These 4 reasons are not an exhaustive list. And there’s so much more about the Bible that makes it unique to other religious writings—inherent, infallible, and historical.
God’s Word comes as a package deal. We either believe it in its entirety, cover to cover, or not at all.
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