Just after I became a Christian at the age of 17, I was invited to go with a friend and his father to a Bible study class at the Atlanta Bible Institute.
The subject that evening was the introduction to the book of Mark, the second of the four gospels in the New Testament. I was amazed at how much our teacher knew about the Bible, and, particularly, this book. I felt as though he knew Mark personally, and could tell he loved the Bible and treasured the Word of God.
The Bible is one of the world's greatest treasures, because it is the history of God's revelation of Himself to man. The first words in the Bible are, "In the beginning God," then He [God], through His inspiration of men, tells us about Himself.
A treasure is something of extreme value, and is most desirable. The Bible qualifies here because it is the truth, the living Word of God! It provides the plan of salvation for man, and is a guide for all who believe, to come into a rich relationship with God, Himself.
The Bible gives instructions on how to live fruitful lives that please God and bring joy and peace. It is a book of creation and revelation, a book of great wisdom and wise instruction. There is nothing in man's storehouse of knowledge that can compare with the personal instruction of Proverbs or the praise, joy and comfort of the Psalms. The book of Ecclesiastes, thought to be written King Solomon, takes stock of the world as he experienced it between the horizons of birth and death.
He discovers that human wisdom has limits. It cannot find out the larger purposes of God or the ultimate meaning of man's existence. He sees man in mad pursuit of one thing and then another, laboring as if he could master the world and his own destiny. He sees man vainly pursuing hopes and desires that, in reality, are "meaningless, a chasing after the wind."
But faith teaches him that God has ordered all things according to His own purposes, and man's role is to accept these as his own limitations and God's appointments. Man should be patient and enjoy life as God gives it. He should be prudent in everything, living carefully before God, fearing Him and keeping His commandments.
Ecclesiastes, Chapter 12, verse 3, says: "Here is the conclusion of the matter, fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man." Fear means to have great respect for God, holding Him in awe and loving Him with all your heart.
Please don't miss the treasures of the Bible. Read it and study it's pages and the Holy Spirit of God will convince you it is true, God is real and this all powerful, mighty God, who created the world and all life, even knows you and wants to have a relationship with you.
One of the very best decisions I ever made was to have faith in God, believe in His Son, Jesus Christ, and become a Christian. Jesus said in John 10:10: "I am come that they may have life and have it more abundantly." We have only one life to live and it will go faster than you think!
Please consider making a decision for Christ today and begin living your "abundant life" as He promised. Call us at (770) 603-PRAY, ask for me, Brother James, and leave your name and phone number. I will call you back and discuss with you how to become a Christian.
May God bless you!