On February 28, 1953, sixty years ago today, two scientists made a discovery that would change the way people understood the human body. On this day, James Watson and Francis Crick conceived of the famous “double helix” structure of DNA. This ground-breaking discovery proved that DNA could indeed carry complex data. It also allowed people of all ages to understand the human body in new and exciting ways. In announcing their discovery the scientists exclaimed, “We have discovered the secret of life!”
As meaningful as this discovery was, I would propose to you that the secret of life is something else entirely, something radical even. I suggest that the real secret of life is death. You see, Christ died so that we might live (1 Thess. 5:10). Christ’s death makes it possible for us to have eternal life, but only if we will die to self (2 Cor. 5:15), and to sin (1 Peter 2:24). Scripture informs us that death is inevitable, “it is appointed unto man to die once” (Heb. 9:27). However, for those who have already died to self and to sin, this physical death is merely a gateway to eternal life (1 Cor. 15:36-37).
You see friends, the secret of life is not really found in the structure of DNA. Rather it is found in the death of our Lord and in our being united with Him in a death like His (Rom. 6:1-6). There will be a day when Christ comes again, and all that is perishable will cease. It is on that day that death will be swallowed up in victory, and we will say, “O death where is your victory? O death where is your sting?” (1 Cor. 15:54-57). Because of Christ’s death we can live forever more, and that is the real secret of life. Praise God for His great gift!
I have Bibles; quite a few of them actually. Small ones, large ones, in between ones. Study Bibles, Chain Reference Bibles, Personal Reference Bibles, no reference Bibles. I can count 14 print Bibles, and who knows how many electronic ones that I have at my disposal. I might just be crazy, but I suspect you likely have several Bibles of your own. According to the Barna Group, 85% of households in the United States own a Bible; the average number of Bibles per household is 4.3. With the word of God so readily available and so easily accessible, we must be reading God’s word often, right? Unfortunately, no.
According to the same study, 26% of people surveyed say they never read the Bible, another 10% read less than once per year, and still another 10% say they read once or twice per year. A full 46% percent of people surveyed say they rarely or never read the Bible outside of church related functions. Compare that with only 13% who read everyday and another 13% who read at least four times per week.
It is truly a blessing to have God’s word at our fingertips. It has not always been so, and even today many people in the world are not so blessed. What are we doing with this great blessing of God? If you never use a particular muscle that muscle will eventually be of little use to you. If you don’t exercise your mind it begins to grow dull. If our Bibles collect dust, then our spiritual sword grows rusty. We have been fortunate to have been born in a time and place of great freedom and tremendous riches. What shall we do with what we have been given? Will we allow God to speak to us through His written word? He greatly desires to tell you how much He loves you. Will you listen?