Thursday, March 3, 2011

Read The Manual


At my house, I have a file folder full of manuals ranging from the microwave oven to an out-of-date cellphone. Most everything you purchase comes with one, right? Though I'm a guy, I do read the manual before I use my purchased product. However, when it comes to my children's toys, I may have a different approach. How hard can a child's play toy be to assemble? Tell you what, you'd be surprised. Being honest, I have found myself consulting the manual afterall.

I like to read the manual to find out how the item performs. Take a cellphone, for instance, there are so many cool things they can do. The manual shows you all the capabilities and functions detailing the things you can do and things you shouldn't do. Common sense tells me that putting it under water for an extended period of time is not good. Subjecting it to extreme temperatures probably isn't the best for it either. Without even looking at the manual I know it gives these simple instructions.

A microwave is kind of the same way. Putting metal in the microwave is a no-brainer. However, the manual will state that it could cause problems. It may even go so far as to say it could cause a fire.

But the manual also tells you step by step instructions on how to use the item, how to care for it so it will last and where to have it serviced if it gets broke.

Wouldn't it be great if our lives were that way. I mean, what if there was such a manual that gave instructions on how to live our lives so they will last, so we can get the best out of life. What if there were instructions on how to care for ourselves and keep us from hurt. Instructions would be great on where we can get serviced if our lives are broken.

Yep, there is a manual for our lives as well. It's called the Bible.

Just like the manufacturer created the item you buy and knows everything about it, so God who created you knows everything about you and has all the information you need for your life in His manual, the Bible.

God lays out in the Bible instructions on how to live life. If you follow the instructions, your life will turn out to be a blessing and become a life of happiness. However, as with any product, abuse and neglect of the instructions and the product leads to destruction.

When God tells children to obey and honor their parents, He blesses and gives longer life. If this instruction is not followed, it only hurts the life of the child in the long run. God knows what He's talking about!
When God says to stay away from alcohol, you best heed to the what the manual says. The effects of alcohol will ruin you and the ones you love. God even gives examples in the Bible to encourage you to follow the right way.
When God says to keep yourself pure and clean, He is watching out that your life does not end up in shame and regret.

The one who made your cellphone and its manual wants you to get the most out of the cellphone and have a good experience.
The One who made your life and its Manual wants you to get the most out of your life so you can be blessed and have a life that brings honor to Him.