Intentional Neglect


“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1


Jesus Christ is the Word. The Word was His identity in eternity past. Jesus was fully God and was eternally pre-existent before the world began. The Word was with God, in intimate fellowship with the Father. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. John 1:14. In the Old Testament God revealed His word through prophets, but in the New Testament His word is revealed through the person, Jesus Christ. I lay the foundation of this devotional on Jesus being The Word. We have the wonderful privilege of opening our Bibles any time we want, day or night, and learn about the Word of God. Revelation 19:13 says “He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which He is called is The Word of God.” Jesus IS the Word.  

Do we long for the Word? Are we eager to read the Word, every day? Confessing this does not come easy for me, but there are days I am intentional in neglecting the Word. When I neglect my study, I am neglecting Jesus Christ. Do you find yourself doing that some days? Intentionally neglecting the precious Word that is Jesus Christ? How else will we grow closer to Him? How else will we learn more about His wisdom, His holiness, His justice, His goodness, His truth, His provision, and His sovereignty? I can definitely stand to intentionally neglect other unnecessary things in my life that have no eternal value. Why do we trade the precious Word for binge watching a Netflix show? Why do we trade learning about the God of the Universe for temporary pleasures that pass in the wind? I am often convicted by my own writing, so know this is as much for me as for all of my sisters in Christ. I know better. We all know better.  Jesus is the Word; I don’t want to intentionally neglect Him. Sisters, let us have a renewed passion for the words of God, and THE WORD, Jesus Christ.  


Jesus, You are the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of His nature, You sustain all things by Your powerful Word. Hebrews 1:3. I thank you for Your grace and mercy, and come before You in repentance for intentionally neglecting You.     

Your Turn:

Sisters, I long for the day where nothing will deter me from spending time in the Word, how about you? In the meantime, we learn, we grow, we accept the Lord’s precious grace, and allow Him to sanctify us in the process. One day we will actually be with The Word, our wonderful Lord and Savior. I am so looking forward to that day!