Commitment to God’s Word

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

For hundreds of years, only one version of the Bible had been available to English-speaking peoples: The Vulgate. But it was written in Latin, a language most people could not understand. In addition, only clergy were allowed to read the Bible. But, inspired by one of his professors, a student named John Wycliffe became committed to personally understand more about the Bible.

In 1348, the Black Death spread throughout Europe, killing half the English population. Stirred by this tragedy, Wycliffe wanted God’s perspective. He poured himself into the Bible and became convinced that everyone needed to be able to read the Bible in their own language.

Completing an English translation in 1382, it was the first new European translation in more than 1,000 years. Then he sent men (called “Lollards”) to bring the Word to the people.

Concerned about these unauthorized actions, the Church banned Bible translation and expelled Wycliffe from his teaching position. Even though he and his followers experienced persecution, they had begun a revolution that changed the world.

As we end this year, how appropriate to think about the importance of God’s Word and the commitment of men like John Wycliffe who died on this date in 1384. He gave his life so we could read the Bible.

Today’s world is filled with turmoil and trouble. Many voices shout ever loudly that they have the answers. It is critical that Believers have a solid foundation, and know God’s truth.

As you approach a new year, renew your commitment to serve God and obey His Word. Make a new commitment to fill your heart and mind with the Bible.