One of my fondest memories of being a kid in VBS is when our pastor would announce that during the opening ceremonies that we would be having a bible finding contest. No, it wasn't like an Easter egg hunt where you search for bibles around a room…rather, he would get as many eager kids on stage with their bibles in hand and he would lead an elimination game. He would shout out a bible book and get us all scrambling to see who could get to the book faster than anyone else. The key to the game was to find that book in your own bible and then hold up the bible so that everyone could see that you had the right section…Pastor Bernthal (yep, remember him like it was yesterday, he was the longtime pastor of Redemption Lutheran Church in Detroit, Michigan) would wait a few moments and then yell, "stop". At that point in the game, anyone who hadn't found the book he initially shouted out would be "eliminated" from the game and asked to have a seat with the rest of the kids. At first several, then a few, and then one by one, kids were eliminated from the game as Pastor Bernthal attempted to find the "fastest bible book finder" of the day. Well, as you can imagine, it was a fun and competitive game in those days as dozens of kids would be frantically attempting to find that one obscure bible book in order to be proclaimed as the "bible finding champ for the day". I can't even begin to tell you how many days I'd come home from VBS and pour over the minor prophets or the pastoral letters getting ready for my moment of bible book finding glory!
Anyway, I digress – today's challenge for you (your mission if you decide to accept it…ominous, huh) is to find/remember which section of the bible the following passage is from – I'm not giving any hints. This section is taken from a new "re-telling" (not a translation) of the bible that I've been reading and enjoying called, The Voice. I like the way this section reads…so, try this one on for size! Post your reference in the comment section or email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Ready! Set! Go!
"We know we have joined Him in an intimate relationship because we have lived out His commands. If someone claims, 'I am in an intimate relationship with Him,' but this big talker doesn't live out His commands, then this individual is a liar and a stranger to the truth. But is someone responds to and obeys His Word, then God's love has truly taken root and filled him. This is how we know we are in an intimate relationship with Him: anyone who says, 'I live in intimacy with Him' should walk the path Jesus walked."