The Book That Kicks

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword . . .” (Hebrews 4:12).
“You take. No want,” said the native as he appeared on the edge of the jungle, and gave back the Bible the missionary had given him the week before. The missionary asked him what was wrong. “Me no like book; it kicks me,” he said.
Do you know what he meant when he said the Bible kicked him? Has the Bible ever kicked you? What, if anything, did you do about it? Being kicked doesn’t sound good, but when it is by the Bible it is, and it is good for you. When you get kicked, it is by the Holy Spirit working in and through the Bible. God is trying to draw you closer to himself that he might bless and use you in a greater way. But first, there are wrong attitudes and actions that you must part with. He kicks you simply to get your attention because you haven’t seen them before or, if you have, you haven’t rid yourself of them.
What should you do if the Bible kicks you? It’s OK to say, “Oh me, I’m, guilty of that. Forgive me, Lord, and help me from this moment to never say, think, or do that again.” Then, thank him for opening your eyes, and pray if there are other areas of your life where you might need it, that he will kick you again.