After watching “The Book Of Eli” tonight, I can’t quite get a quote out of my mind. Toward the end of the movie, Eli makes a confession… “I’ve spent so long protecting the book that I’ve forgotten how to live by what I’ve learned.”
Early in the movie, Eli is so wrapped up in his mission to take the Bible “west” that he witnesses a brutal murder/rape and argues with his desire to help the victims. He crouches under cover and says to himself, “Stay on the path. It’s not your concern. Stay on the path. It’s not your concern.” Then, convinced he’s doing the right thing, he continued on his way.
Eli was so concerned with protecting the Bible from theft and destruction that he had no time to do what the Bible called him to do. He knew every word but had lost sight of the message.
Here’s the thought that’s rattling around my mind tonight… “I’ve spent so long teaching the book that I’ve forgotten how to live by what I know.” Maybe that rings true with you too. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather live the Gospel and let my teaching simply flow out of that life.
May we stop working so hard to teach, preach and protect the Bible and start working to live the Bible…