Since January Soulfire (our 11-18s Youth Group) has embarked on a journey of "NT60" - reading the New Testament in 60 days. For the youth, the aim has been to touch base with every book of the New Testament at least once, with four readings a week. To help them on their journey, we've been reading the New Testament together on Sunday, providing videos in the week and reading together on some of our Friday sessions.
As one of the Youth Workers for the church, it has been a joy to watch our youth delve into the word of God. For many of them, this isn't an easy feat, but when they find gold, you can see they are overwhelmed by the revelation they find.
This is the second year that we have done this as there were concerns about whether Soulfire would buy in for a second year or be able to stick with it. I have found myself repenting of these thoughts as it seems the opposite is true - the youth who took part last year, rather than being disinterested, are delving deeper than before. One showed me their notebook, which is full of notes and thoughts of the wonders they are reading.
And that is what the scriptures should be to us. A wonder. How often do we read the word as a dry text, rushing through it for our "daily bread" with no enjoyment? I'm sure we've all tried to push ourselves in a legalistic way to read the Bible - yet watching the youth engage I am reminded that the word is alive, it just needs to be given time to be enjoyed and be fruitful in to our hearts.
Think of it like this. We've all heard the food analogy before - that this is healthy food for us. Yet, I think we can think of healthy food as dull when compared to the sugary treat. Or we can shove our food down our throat and treat it as fuel, however this isn't enjoyable.
The word should be like honey on our lips! Good, healthy, food isn't dull, but is full of flavour and to truly be enjoyed it must be savoured. I don't know if you've seen the film Ratatouie - if you haven't you defintely should - it's about a Rat that can cook, and cook food that completely blows people's minds. Whenever people take a mouthful of his food, the film zooms in to show the characters having a life changing revelation of taste - reminding them of precious childhood memory or life experience. They are literally changed by this experience!!
Today, my challenge to us as a church is, are we savouring the word? Do we "taste it" and find life changing moments, remembering precious previous times while knowing that God is still living and active today, tomorrow, forever? What are you tasting today from this life giving book?