Monday Motivator – March 3

Agree or disagree with the following statement: “No one in the English speaking world can be considered literate without a basic knowledge of the Bible?”

Do you know how many teaspoons of sugar are in the average 12 ounce can of soda? Can you change a flat tire? Can you identify the ten largest cities in the world? The Real-World Aptitude Test (R.A.T.) answers these questions and more. The R.A.T. is divided into two parts, the first containing questions in thirty different subject areas, and the second providing answers and explanations to these life-defining questions. Subject areas include cooking, managing money, etiquette, geography, sports, and many more. Test your knowledge and find answers!

Lawyer and parent Homer Moyer Jr., created the Real World Aptitude Test as a fun, going away present for his daughter as she completed high school. In researching the questions before publication in 2001, Moyer discovered students are weak in the arts, strong in computers, and terribly ignorant of the Bible. He even coined the phrase at the beginning of this post.

It is encouraging that Moyer included the quote because the Bible is often referred to as “God’s textbook for living.” It is the best selling book of all time for many reasons. One of its purposes is to provide real life knowledge, guidance, and transferable skills for anyone who wants to walk in God’s way. One of my favorite verses is Proverbs 2:6-7, which states, “The Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless.” Peek at verse 8 for a bonus.

But let’s face it…it takes more than a basic knowledge of Scripture to do well. You could argue the devil knows Scripture (as well as some college literature professors who purport to teach it), but look how much it impacts their lives. Proverbs chapter 2 opens with eight steps that lead to the sort of results most parents hope their children will adhere to, and campus missionaries hope Christian college students practice as spring break approaches.

Consider the list of eight steps in verses 1-4 beginning with, “If you accept my words” and ending with “if you search for understanding as for hidden treasure.” The results start in verse 5: “Then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” “Then you will understand what is right and just and fair – every good path” (verse 9). Verse 12 adds that, “Wisdom will save you from the ways of the wicked men.”

Read Proverbs 2:1-22.

How can you make the reading and study of Scripture more than merely an academic exercise? What do you think it means to “find the knowledge of God” in Proverbs 2:5? Only by storing up God’s Word in your mind can we learn to live wisely and rightly in our relationship with God. Psalm 119:9 and 11 says we can become victorious over sin with God’s commands in our hearts. Jesus agreed in John 15:7. Pastor James agreed in 1:21-22 of his book.

Grow devotionally. Buy the Real World Aptitude Test for fun and use it as a Trivial Pursuit type game with friends (and give a copy to kids going to college). But look to God’s Word for the questions and answers that really count. Check out the reading plans for Lent on the YouVersion app for your mobile device. The Bible will help you ace the tests of life.

Love is a verb,

Mike Olejarz

©2014 by Mike Olejarz

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