What Controls and Shapes Your Life?

The other day my friend John Freund linked to a post that asked a simple question: “I wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phones?”

What would it be like, the author of the post asked, if we carried our Bible around with us…flipped through is several times a day…treated it like we could not live without it…ran back to get it if we forgot it?

Our devotion to our smart phones, our computers, our iPads, etc. runs pretty deep. Watch how quickly passengers flip on their phones the minute a plane lands, as though they can’t wait another minute to see what happened online during the duration of their flight. Watch the reaction of a friend when they realize the battery has run down on one of their devices. Look around a restaurant to see how many people are playing with their phones. Look at the statistics at how many texts young people send every day. (I write all of this with some chagrin because of the frequency with which I check my e-mail or stop to post something on Facebook or another site.)

J.I. Packer wrote in his book God’s Plan for You: “Whatever controls and shapes one’s life is in effect the god one worships.”

The question asked in the post I began with is a good one. What if replaced our fascination with and reliance on our technological devices with equal devotion to the Word of God?