There are a handful of people walking this planet who just awe me. (Awe me? Is that grammatically correct? I don’t know. I just know they do. They awe me.)
They are of various ages. Different professions. All income levels. Vastly different personalities. The “different personality-type” thing can not be overstated.
Some are peace-loving. Some like to stir things up a little. A few aren’t happy unless things are stirred up a lot.
Some come from strong, God-fearing families. Some grew up in homes nearly devoid of love, with chaos encircling them the likes of which I can’t imagine.
Some of them serve God in quiet ways, with prayer and acts of humble, unseen service. Some serve God in loud ways, with bright lights and the admiration of men.
But for all their differences they have one thing in common:
They are consumed with the Word of God.
They believe it. Run to it. Need it. Find their comfort there, and more than that, their direction and passion and calling. Purpose.
They believe the Word matters more than what they feel, so they don’t withhold compassion when they are in a time of personal pain. They don’t close their eyes to the needs of others when they have needs of their own.
When coming to the aid of others, they believe God’s word offers more wisdom than their own personal opinions; so personal opinions are generally withheld in favor of prayer and Scripture.
They choose to believe the Word for the sake of God’s glory, and not for anything they stand to gain.
I want to be consumed.
with lies so clever they sound like the truth.
Instead, we will speak the truth in love,
growing in every way more and more like Christ….”
Ephesians 4:14-15 NLT