Living the Word
Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand. Galatians 6:11
suggested further reading: 1 Peter 1:13–25
When our Lord Jesus Christ was sent to the world in the fullness of time, he declared everything that was needful for our salvation. Even today, he still raises up people as instruments of his Spirit to proclaim his will, to bring others the message of salvation, and to bear witness to that which otherwise would be hidden from us.
In light of these things, may we all be of one mind, and, whether we read in private or are taught in public, let us become stronger in the Word that God has been pleased to communicate to us. We need to remember that so we might have much greater love for his holy Word and give ourselves wholly to it. May we receive Scripture with more reverence, as, indeed, it is most worthy to be received.
Now let us fall before the majesty of our great God and Father, acknowledging him as our judge, who buries our sins in his infinite mercy. Let us pray that it might please him to accept us in mercy in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
May he also give us grace to walk in such a fashion that we truly confirm that we are his children and that he has not called us in vain. May this grace so benefit our hearts that we grow in it and become increasingly enabled to serve and adore him throughout our lives in true obedience to his holy Word. May he show this grace, not only to us, but also to all people and nations on earth.
for meditation: Too often we do not realize the specialness of the Word of God. I recently read a study of boat owners in Florida and in Michigan. The former could use their boats twelve months a year; the latter, about four months. The study concluded, rather surprisingly, that Michigan boat owners used their boats more than their peers in Florida. Michigan boat owners take advantage of nearly every nice summer day, while Floridians postpone, thinking there is always another day to sail.
Don’t treat the Word of God this way. Ask for grace to live more fully out of God’s Word next year. Search the Scriptures, know the Scriptures, love the Scriptures, and live the Scriptures. You will never be sorry.
 Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 384). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.