Max Lucado is one of my favourite Christian authors. He has a special place in my heart because of the unusual way God revealed him to me. Years ago his name just came into my mind while I was taking a shower. Puzzled, I asked my husband if he knew the name and for the next few months I asked everyone I knew – but to no avail. No-one knew who he was! Someone even suggested that maybe he would be the next full-time worker in our church! Months later I was at a Christian Women’s Clubs meeting and to my surprise and delight I discovered during the book promotional slot that he is a Christian writer. I remember grabbing the arm of the stranger next to me and saying, “That’s him, that’s him!” She must have thought that I had lost my mind! As you can imagine I bought my first book and his books now occupy a good portion of my bookshelf. I am so grateful that the Holy Spirit brought his name to my attention and I am sure that you will enjoy this short piece that he wrote…
Set Your Compass In The Right Direction by Max Lucado
The problem is not that God hasn’t spoken but that we haven’t listened. Imagine your reaction if I were to take a telephone book, open it up, and proclaim, I have found a list of everyone who’s on welfare! Or what if I said, Here is a list of college graduates! Or, This book will tell us who has a red car. You’d probably say, “Now wait a minute—that’s not the purpose of that book. You’re holding a telephone book. Its purpose is simply to reveal the name and number of residents of a city during a certain time frame.”
Only by understanding its purpose can I accurately use the telephone book.
Only by understanding its purpose can I accurately use the Bible…
The purpose of the Bible is simply to proclaim God’s plan to save his children. It asserts that man is lost and needs to be saved. And it communicates the message that Jesus is the God in the flesh sent to save his children. Though the Bible was written over sixteen centuries by at least forty authors, it has one central theme—salvation through faith in Christ. Begun by Moses in the lonely desert of Arabia and finished by John on the lonely Isle of Patmos, it is held together by a strong thread: God’s passion and God’s plan to save his children.
What a vital truth! Understanding the purpose of the Bible is like setting the compass in the right direction. Calibrate it correctly and you’ll journey safely. But fail to set it, and who knows where you’ll end up.
P.S. Now YOU know who he is, as well!