I will never forget the lesson I learned that day.
The Christian Life and Learning class was about implementing our faith into everyday life.
The teacher, a woman in her seventies, began the class by saying, “I am going to demonstrate how important your time reading the Bible is. Take out a sheet of paper. Do not put your name on it, but write down how much time you spend in the word, and what your greatest sin is at this time.”
The room was quiet except for the sound of pencils moving. After a few moments, our teacher broke the silence by instructing us to pass the papers forward.
When she had collected them all, she read each one aloud to the class, stating how much time was spent in the Bible, and what the person’s greatest sin was. The more time people spent in the Bible, the less their greatest sin was; the less time spent in the word, the greater the sin. The Bible says that when a person breaks one law he has broken them all (James 2:10), there is no degree of sin. What this teacher did was paint a picture for us of how spending time in God’s word keeps us from sin (Psalm 119: 11).
The more time we consistently spend with God in the word and in prayer, the closer we grow to him, the more mature we will become, and the more fruit we can bear for the kingdom.
That He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish (Ephesians 5:26-27 NKJV).