“Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near” (Revelation 1:3).
A friend went flying in a single engine plane over the Puget Sound on a beautiful summer day. While flying around the sites, the pilot was explaining to him what the different instrument panels were saying, what the different controls did to the plane, and why the pilot was manipulating the engine speed and the controls during the flight.
While the pilot was explaining all this, all my friend heard was, “Blah, blah, blah. Blah, blah, blah,” as he looked out the window at the amazing views.
Then, the pilot said to my friend, “You’ve heard all the explanation. You take the control!”
Whoa! Time out!!! WHAT???
At which time, my friend told the pilot he would love to try flying the plane for a moment, but the pilot would have to go through all the explanations one more time because when the pilot went through the instructions the first time, he did not realize that his life would depend on it!
I tell you that story because I wonder when the last time you read the Bible as if your life depended on it. No, not just your life, but your eternity and the eternal destinies of everyone around you!
That’s why God tells us, “Blessed in the one who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it.”