Whether it be laptop cases, travel mugs, towels, or jewelry there’s not much that you can’t custom order when shopping online.
From colors, materials, monograms (oh yes), and more, we are used to being able to get whatever product tailored to fit our whims and preferences. It’s nice. It’s fun. And it’s not how the Bible works.
The Bible is not customizable. We can’t tweak it to fit our preferences and whims. As a culture who is used to being able to slap a gold monogram on just about anything and make it “our own,” this can rub in the wrong place.
We can’t embrace the parts about tithing and honesty, yet neglect the passages that speak against gossip because God just doesn’t understand the type of people that are in our life right now. We can’t say we’ve grasped the sections on obedience when we continue in worry and fear because if everyone else could just see what we’re facing, they’d understand. We can’t pick and choose our favorite parts about the Bible, because the entire thing is what shapes and molds us, instructs us and protects us.
I write this as much to myself as I am sharing it with you. The Bible is not what lines up with our lives, we are called to line up with the Bible. So what areas do you need to stop “customizing” to fit your needs, and just embrace the whole truth? I know mine revolve around humility/pride and trust/worry. It’s a life-long process to be sure. So let’s just leave keep the custom orders limited to towels and phone cases, and embrace the whole word of God.
Customer satisfaction guaranteed.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17