The Youth Room was locked. The KFC was on its way. And one of the kids said the Bible was boring.
Thus begins Sunday night’s adventure, which found us gathered in a sanctuary alcove with colorful pens and the unfamiliar word of God.
The discussion began with why we’ve come to see the Bible as boring. Some of our answers:
- It’s long
- It’s old, and isn’t relevant to today
- It can be difficult to read and understand
I remember thinking the same things. The Bible is revered as this special, truthful, and powerful book (and rightfully so), but putting it on a pedestal have a cost? What if the pedestal is too high for some of us to reach?
We have to put the Bible in our hands before we can put it in our hearts, and that begins by studying those shorter, interesting, and easily applicable verses. One example is Matthew 6:21, which we discussed as part of our lesson on joy:
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The author of Matthew isn’t just talking about happiness here. We all know stuff can make us happy in a temporary sense. And that’s okay. But the Bible is talking now about joy, something far more permanent than happiness, and joy doesn’t come from stuff. In fact, if we hold material stuff as our treasure, we are giving up our hearts to that stuff, not to joy. When we claim our treasure to be our friendships, our passions, and our ability to do good in the world, that’s how we give our hearts to joy.
Not so long, not so irrelevant, not so difficult to read. Practical advice that may be hard to follow at times but can enrich our lives beyond belief. And the Bible is full of verses like Matthew 6:21 – you just have to know where to look. (Or whom to ask!)