This week I’m blogging from Orlando, Florida where I’m vacationing and visiting with one of our former families, the Watkins, who moved here last December. It’s been a tremendous blessing to see how God had led and provided for this family since they moved here and we rejoice with them as we see how God has honored their step of faith in a time of great uncertainty. Let us never forget that God’s faithfulness is great and His mercies are new every morning. I shared that verse from the third chapter of Lamentations this morning with a 92 year old gentleman from Jamaica while at the swimming pool. But more of that later – I have a striking contrast that I’d like to share in this week’s blog.
On Monday we had the experience of going to Epcot. While at Epcot we went on several rides that actually don’t go anywhere but give you the illusion that you are traveling great distances. One ride simulated the experience of going on a trip to Mars. The other ride, called “Soaring”, very much gives the impression that you are hang-gliding over some of the most scenic places in the world. The interesting thing is when you get off the ride you’re at the same place you began without going anywhere. That reminded me of how sometimes we as “Christians” become complacent. We are “Christians” but our walk actually is going nowhere. There’s an illusion that things are happening but it’s just an illusion. There’s no heart transformation or change of life, attitudes or actions. We’re getting off the same place we got in.
Contrast that with the Scriptorium we went to on Tuesday afternoon at the Holyland Experience. I wasn’t really sure I wanted to go to the Scriptorium which was described as the journey to “See the authentic and ancient Biblical artifacts from around the world.” This was an hour journey through the history of how we came to receive our modern Bible. It was a strikingly powerful reminder of the incredible sacrifices that have been made to bring us the Holy Scriptures. We as 21st century Americans take the easy access to the Word of God very much for granted. We forget or are ignorant of those who shed their blood so that you and I can read the Scriptures freely and openly. The Scriptorium had artifacts from as far back as the 3rd century. This reminds us that the Scriptures have been handed down to us so that we can just simply read the Word of God. One of the artifacts was a Bible that was stained with the blood of someone who may have lost their life to publish the Bible.
While the simulated rides seemed to take us places we weren’t really going, the Scriptorium reminded me of those who invested their lives, not in an illusion, but in the reality of the truth of God’s Word. I live and stand in the legacy of those who worked so diligently to protect and preserve the Word of God. Jesus is the Living Word who is presented to us in the written Word. Let us never forget the sacrifice that was paid so we could read the Bible – let’s READ it and APPLY it to our lives! Let us make sure that our spiritual journey is not an illusion that’s taking us nowhere but let’s live and walk in light of the incredible liberty and freedom that God has given us in His Son, Jesus Christ, revealed in the Scriptures.
All for Christ,
Pastor Rich Sivo