There is no better time than now to be alive for a single person. We have at our fingertips the world and a plethora of material things, experiences, and adventures to satisfy our needs and desires. In the midst of all these, I have found myself on many occasions excited by and invested in worldly pursuits, only to realize I have been jumping from one thing to the next, never really being satisfied by anything for too long. In this state of discontent, I am reminded by grace that the void in my heart is an infinite one. This can only be filled by an infinite Being—God Himself. This is precisely why Scripture should excite us the most: because all of its pages point to God, the only infinite, self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, and sovereign Being.
However, like many people in church, I struggle to be excited about the Bible partly because of my ignorance and limitedness, but mostly because of my sinfulness. When I find my heart in the wrong place towards Scripture, I plead with God to make me see why it is the most important resource of life.
Scripture is sufficient to give life direction and meaning.
We operate in a world where the most valuable currencies are wealth, beauty, achievement, and power—finite things which crumble in the face of eternity. Yet in my sinfulness, I still find myself running after them, thinking that a little bit more will satisfy. I have a soul that will last forever. What I train it to treasure will determine its ultimate destination. If the Bible points to God, then He must be the only worthwhile pursuit. By grace, I have experienced time and again that I am only victorious against the pull of the world when I calibrate my heart to Scripture.
Scripture is also sufficient to show me what I truly am—nothing.
If the Bible points to God, then He must be the only worthwhile pursuit.
I have no good apart from God, my very existence is upheld by God, and I have done nothing to deserve whatever good God has graciously given me. The brain that I use to be able to say words, do presentations, accomplish exams, complete projects, earn money—these are all God-given. In fact, the only thing I contribute to my existence is sin, which means the only thing I deserve is eternal damnation. When I believe otherwise, what I’m really doing is rob God of the glory that only belongs to Him.
Finally, Scripture is sufficient to compel me to love my neighbors.
“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another… We love, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:7-19). Whenever I struggle to love my neighbors, I go back to Scripture and plead with God to make the Gospel alive in my heart. When the scales in my eyes fall off and I come to a fresh understanding of this Great Love, I am compelled to love God more, which then makes me love myself less. Because of this, by God’s grace, I am able to love others more.
In the final analysis, I either live a life in awe of God and dependent on Him or a life characterized by selfishness and self-reliance. The choice is a matter of eternal life and eternal death. Scripture is my compass because it points to life—it points to God.