This week, Fox News reported that rap star Chance the Rapper (Aka, Chancelor Jonathan Bennett) is taking a sabbatical. The 25-year old rap-artist is temporarily stepping away from the limelight to spend more time studying the Bible. In a message to his fans, the artist said, “I’m going away to learn the Word of God which I am admittedly very unfamiliar with,” he continued. “I’ve been brought up by my family to know Christ but I haven’t taken it upon myself to really just take a couple days and read my bible.” (Read Full Article Here)
In a culture such as ours it’s refreshing to see someone with such a public platform as Chance to admit that they want to know more about the Bible. Even more refreshing is to see such a willingness to remove himself from all distractions in order to do so.
In the article, Chance goes on to say this, “We all quote scripture and tell each other what God likes and doesn’t like but how much time do we spend as followers of Jesus to really just read and KNOW his Word.” Adding, “I’m definitely guilty of not devoting time to it.”
How many of us would be willing to hit the pause button on whatever it is we have going on (i.e. work, career, school, etc…) in order to spend more time connected to God through his word? How many of us, like this young man here, are guilty of not devoting any time to God or his word? Perhaps it’s time we stepped away from what we believe to be important and step “in” to what truly is!
The Bible tells us that faith comes by hearing and knowing God’s word (Cf. Romans 10:17) and that we are to be diligent in presenting ourselves to God (Cf. 2 Timothy 2:15). In fact, it is only through our study of the Bible that we can even know God and his will for our lives (Cf. 1 John 2:1-5; Psalm 119:104-105).
So let’s determine to step away from the distractions and let’s determine to make time for God’s word. You’ll be glad you did!