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Using the Bible in Everyday Life

Rob Stroup
Written by Rob Stroup

It was my first mission trip as a “grown up.” A large group of adults from Berean Baptist Church had descended on the small town of Sandy Point on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean. Our purpose was to encourage the national pastor there by conducting a Vacation Bible School as well as nightly services in the church. It was truly a life changing experience for me as I observed God’s work in a foreign country. God’s gospel work through missions “came alive” for me in a new way that week. Mission trips have a dramatic impact on Christians that are willing to grow in the Lord.

But there was a lesson taught to me that week that was not directly related to missions. It had more to do with practical living in accordance to the Word of God. I had the privilege of rooming with several men from the church, and we became fast friends by the end of the week. It was the mid-1990s, and one of the new challenges for mission teams was very limited cellphone service, and international phone calls were quite expensive. Most of us just decided to do without phone calls unless there was an emergency, at least until we got back to the States at the end of the week. One afternoon, a man from our team told me that he was going to head into town to make a phone call. Wondering if there was a problem, I asked him who he was going to call. “I’m going to call work because I need to check on my flocks.” His answer really puzzled me. He had told me earlier that he worked in an office, and he certainly was not a farmer. Why would he have flocks to worry about? It sounded like he was playing a joke on me. When he came back from making the phone call I asked him to explain what he had meant. He said, “I own my own business,” as though that would make it obvious to me. It didn’t. So he had to explain it to me. He told me the reference to the “flocks” was from a Bible passage. I was embarrassed that I did not recognize his statement as a Scriptural quotation. 

Proverbs 27:23-24 - Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?

I had read these verses many times, but had never considered how they would make a difference to a person that was not a shepherd or farmer. I had never tried to apply this Scripture to everyday life. I have thanked God repeatedly that I had this conversation with that dear brother in Christ, as it reminded me how the Bible is to impact our lives. He took the instruction in these verses to his heart, not just his head. He figured out how he could obey this teaching of Scripture. For him, reading the Bible was more than a mental discipline, it was a search for direction in his life. God has used that conversation to help me as I spend time in His Word. The reason God gave us His Word was so that we might obey it!

James 1:25 - But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.