Tip 1: The Bible is like a vitamin

like a vitamin
The Bible is like a vitamin. It’s not like an aspirin, which offers fairly fast and definite results. It’s not like a meal, which most people look forward to and plan their lives around, and which makes you weak and cranky if you skip it even once. No, the Bible is more like a vitamin.

like a vitaminDaily dose…

I take an iron pill every day. I started this regimen because I like to donate blood every eight weeks, and for a while I was not able to donate because my iron count kept showing up below the required 12.5g/dL.

…and the results show up in the test

Now, when I swallow this iron pill each morning, the result is not immediate. I do not feel a mood lift or a sudden surge of energy or anything. In fact, even after a week or two of iron pills, I’m not stronger, or happier, or more vibrant.

But I am able to donate blood. Without the pills, my hemoglobin is usually in the 10s or 11s. With the pills, I’m as high as 13.6.

So it’s doing something. Even though I can’t tell.

Daily Word…

Now, this might be a kind of depressing comparison to Bible-reading, because people want God’s Word to have a more dramatic effect on their lives! They want a burst of light or an angel chorus, and when they don’t get that, they think the Bible’s not working. But the point is this: If you want to see the effects of daily Bible-reading, you have to put yourself in situations where you can see them.

…and the results show up in the tests

I wouldn’t know the difference those iron pills are making if I didn’t get my blood tested every eight weeks by the good people at LifeSource. It’s a simple test, and the results are straightforward.

But what about tests for Bible reading? Are there indicators that might show God’s Word is making a difference? What about things like:

  • Being able to write a meaningful verse in a sympathy card
  • Resisting an urge to gossip about a co-worker
  • Recognizing whether taking advantage of a particular opportunity would be wise or foolish
  • Discerning the unspoken needs of someone who asks for prayer
  • Answering questions from a Hindu curious about the Christian God
  • Feeling peace instead of fear
  • Feeling confident instead of apathetic

Most of these are not dramatic. And if I stopped reading the Bible, I might still be able to do them for a while. But they seem to go better when I’m in the Word and the Word is in me.

The simple fact is, without my daily iron pill, I am not a blood donor. I might hang out at the blood center, I might wear the “Be nice to me…” sticker, I might talk about all the times I’ve donated blood in the past. But without that iron pill, I stop being a blood donor.

Is there a parallel here between reading the Bible and calling myself a Christian?

 

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10 thoughts on “Tip 1: The Bible is like a vitamin”

  1. Love your parallel.

    I’ll add this circular thought: If I am serving God, I obey His commands and fulfill His purposes for my life. If I don’t read His Word, I don’t know what His commands are or have the means of determining His purposes for my life. If I don’t know what His commands are or have the means of determining His purposes for my life, I’m probably not serving God as fully as He desires me to serve Him..

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  2. For me, God’s Word is an antidote for fear. It builds me up so that when the enemy wants to bring me down, Jesus and I together resist the attack!

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  3. When I was told I had a life threatening medical issue I eventually found peace in the community of believers, and from the Word.
    I worried – Luke 12:22-25.
    I had fear -Isaiah 43:1-2
    High medical costs-Hebrews 13-5
    I live alone -Psalm 41:3
    With prayer,support, and His Word,I got to feel the peace Paul talked about in Philippians 4:6-7.The Word is in me and now I try to share it,and learn more every day.
    I loved your parallelism.

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  4. Love this post Melanie…you’ve written some foundational truths here that can benefit both believer and non-believer. Your correlations are spot-on! And David Brown tied it up like a nice package by showing problems and verse-answers. I’m bookmarking this one … it’s a keeper!!

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