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“Copy and Paste” the Bible

By Marlene Houk

Burke CountyMarlene Houk Burke County

 

“Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” 1 Corinthians 10:11

From the days of onionskin copies to today’s “copy and paste” option, the ability to duplicate has exploded. In the early 1970s, I remember carefully sandwiching the translucent brownish paper between delicate black carbon sheets, inserting the packet slowly into the ancient manual typewriter, and producing so many copies that they gradually faded into barely discernible words. Sometimes, the last copy was almost indecipherable because the pressure of the keys was insufficient to make a solid impression. Today, with a few delicate clicks on the computer keyboard, a myriad of materials can be duplicated in just seconds, including text, pictures, clip art, and other graphics. Copying someone is easy, and the process is simple. Here are the steps;

  1. Highlight the material you want to copy.
  2. Press the “CTRL” (Control) key and the letter C simultaneously on your keyboard.
  3. Open the document into which you want to copy. Place your mouse cursor where you want to paste what you’ve copied.
  4. Press “CTRL” and the letter V simultaneously on your keyboard.

Voilà! With no bells or whistles, your copied material lands quietly in your own personal file.

There is a spiritual parallel here that enables us to understand how we can “copy and paste” the map of the journey of faith of Bible heroes to our own lives. It is this: just as it is easy to highlight the material to be copied in today’s computer age, our faith journey becomes clearer when we highlight the paths of Bible heroes. Abraham, Sarah, King David, and Paul the Apostle, to name a few heroes, encourage us to copy their spiritual truths, and “paste” them into our lives.

For example, in Hebrews 11:11, the Bible records that: “Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.” Sarah was 90 years old when she had the baby that God promised to her and Abraham. How did she accomplish the impossible feat of delivering a baby at 90 years old?

The Bible says that she received strength through faith to conceive Isaac. She physically remained married and faithful to Abraham. This enabled her to fulfill God’s will for her which was to conceive Isaac.

One of the ways that we can “copy and paste” Sarah’s faith into our own Christian lives is to keep physically doing the things that we know are God’s will for us. Faith is the link between God’s plan for us and our physical ability to fulfill that plan. It is then that God will strengthen us, like Sarah, to conceive the spiritual seed of His will that seems impossible for us to deliver.

For example, perhaps it seems impossible to others (and to us!) that we, as Christians, can work with non-believers who ridicule our faith. But we continue to physically work each day, to focus on the Lord rather than react to their taunts, and to refuse to be polarized. God then uses our willingness as a sign of our faith that He will do as He promises to “work all things together for good” (Romans 8:28). The seed of the Gospel may be conceived in their non-believing hearts and new life in Christ delivered into their lives!

We can copy King David’s physical tenacity (because we, like him, believe God is faithful) into our own spiritual goals. As we “paste” his pattern of physically continuing to do that which God commands, others become amazed at His working in our lives! God promises—we believe—faith becomes stronger—we receive the strength of body, soul, and spirit—we physically act in the direction of God’s will—miracles happen—God gets the glory! Here are the instructions to “copy and paste” the wisdom from Bible giants of faith into your life:

  1. Highlight their actions by studying their stories.
  2. Press the “CTRL” (Control) key and the letter C in your life by copying their wisdom.
  3. Open the document of your life.
  4. Press the “CTRL” (Control) and the letter V in your life, applying the wisdom from your Bible study.

Try it! You can “copy and paste” the spiritual lessons Bible characters teach you into your life. Watch God duplicate His glory in you through faith!

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Marlene is an author and teacher of Bible studies. She may be reached at Bible167@gmail.com

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Blue Ridge Christian News covers Burke County, McDowell County, Mitchell County, Yancey County, Madison County, in North Carolina, and Christian news from around the country.