“Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up” (Nehemiah 8:5).
For the people of God, scripture is the authoritative guide in matters of faith and practice. Because the biblical writers were inspired by the Spirit of God to record the things they had seen and heard, we have regarded the sacred text in highest esteem. This respect and awe for God’s word, however, is not proved out by whether one stands (as the people did before Ezra), or sits (as was the practice in Acts 13), but rather, as it is embraced, obeyed, and practiced in daily life. The evidence of the Spirit’s working in human lives isn’t how high you jump in exuberance, but how straight you walk in obedience.