Books constantly need revision because of outdated references or incorrect information, but the Bible’s message needs no update. God’s Word endures forever, and we should develop our worldview from something with such staying power.
Have you ever considered how quickly we tire of what is new? Most of what you experience today will be working for an update tomorrow. In the grand scheme of things, you haven’t lived that long, operate with technology that hasn’t been around that long, and reside in a nation that hasn’t existed that long. Yet, in the newness of it all, we seek the next thing.
That actually comes to play in how we develop our worldview. We resist something that has staying power because we are used to things constantly changing.
23 because you have been born again—not of perishable seed but of imperishable—through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For
All flesh is like grass,
and all its glory like a flower of the grass.
The grass withers, and the flower falls,
25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.
And this word is the gospel that was proclaimed to you.1 Peter 1:23-25
Peter wrote that all flesh is like grass. He explains that the most iconic individual today has a shelf life. You do too. The grass is frail and fleeting. When flowers appear, their beauty is short-lived. All of what we see as secure in this life will not endure. God’s Word is the only thing on this earth with staying power.
Our opinions are unreliable, and the culture’s policies are inconsistent, but God’s Word is unchanging.
As you seek to follow Jesus in this phase of your life, the greatest struggle you will experience is determining if you can stay dedicated to objective truth in the Scriptures in a culture that is unashamedly wavering in subjective opinions based on the individual. What will you do when the world says one thing and the Word says another?
In these verses, we learn of a distinct truth essential for a Christian and a local church: God’s Word is necessary. Not only is it vital for your character and formation, but it is also the only reasoning that maintains stability.
Satan’s first question to humanity incited them to doubt God’s Word (Gen. 3:1), and his strategy hasn’t changed. You know what the Bible teaches, but you also know someone you care about who disagrees with or rebels against it.
- Will you let that individual’s experience alter how you interpret God’s unchanging truth?
- Will you permit yourself to walk outside the lines of what Scripture teaches because you assume your way is better?
What standard of truth do you believe to be more reliable – yours, the culture’s, or God’s?
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.