Charles Spurgeon, known as ‘the prince of preachers’, once said that the Reformation began when Martin Luther found a discarded Bible in his monastery. As he began to read it, God’s Word grew like a seed in his heart, and the result was a world-transforming movement.
Seed are amazing things. They seem so small, so delicate, yet, when a seed falls into concrete, it has the strength to crack it. God’s Word has the power to break through the hardest of hearts and the most difficult of situations. Seeds are much stronger than you think.
Another amazing attribute of seeds is their ability to survive. Most amateur gardeners will throw out a packet of seeds if the date is gone on them, but seeds keep their potential to germinate much longer than we give them credit for. Palm seeds found in a Masada fortress on the edge of the Dead Sea in Israel were germinated by scientists after beginning left there for 2000 years. That’s right, seeds that were collected during Jesus time on earth, still have the potential to give growth today.
As Luther began to read God’s Word, it grew, splitting everything that stood in its way. The writer of the Hebrews says:
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
God’s Word is powerful. Luther said, “A simple layman armed with Scripture is greater than the mightiest pope without it.”
Furthermore, in speaking about the Reformation, Luther said, “I did nothing. The Word did everything.”
God’s Word, the Bible, has a precision and power you will find nowhere else. Read it with an open heart and allow it to transform you.
- Have you forsaken the Bible?
- Do you doubt the power of God’s Word?
Father, thank You for the power which is in Your Word. Thank You for the way that the Bible changes out life and breaks through harden hearts. Help us to read it regularly we will continue to grow. In Jesus’ name, Amen.