Scripture: Romans 12:1-16
Let’s be honest. Think about, for a moment, how you feel when you have strayed from worship or prayer or reflection. Do you feel less than fulfilled? I bet living in this world, time for prayer and worship is short, if done at all, because we are all busy.
The definition of secular is denoting attitudes, activities, or other things that have no religious or spiritual basis. That sounds kind of like a boring life, right? Human beings are born with a sense of wonder! Keep wonder alive by reading the stories of the Bible.
Jethro was the father -in -law of Moses. In Exodus 18, Moses was overwhelmed with his task to lead Israel. It seemed like everyone who had a problem came to Moses to mediate! Exodus 18:13-27 describes Jethro’s wise suggestion for Moses to divide his labor into tens, fifties, hundreds, and thousands to reduce his leadership burden and delegate responsibility to the people of Israel. Jethro said if Moses followed his suggestion, “God will direct you, you will be able to endure, and all these people also go to their place in peace.” (Exodus 18:23) Like a good son-in-law, Moses obeyed! This allowed Moses not to be held up with trivial matters but rather have a better system where the people work their problems out themselves. This is a leadership structure followed by most businesses and successful churches today!
It is stories like this that keep our wonder about what we will find next. I asked my grandfather, Rev. Dorr, if he had ever read the whole Bible. His answer was “Well yes, but not at once, cover to cover. ” I told him that I was surprised. He told me “I like to be surprised when I open the book on any given day what I will find. It keeps me guessing about what God wants me to know about on any given day.”
We too should be seeking the wonder found in the Bible. So what’s the point? In a secular world, our God has left us abundant beauty and a mind to reflect on his gifts to us -the Bible.