In continuing with the post I wrote yesterday about authentic Christianity and fake Christianity, today’s set of questions pertain to scripture:
Do you read it?
Are you living it out?
Is it important to you?
Can you easily quote a passage that has transformed your life?
To me, the Bible is like drinking eight glasses of water a day. It takes getting used to at first. But once your body adjusts and you get used to regular hydration, it’s something you can’t live without. You want it. You need it. You crave it.
In the same way Tim Keller challenged us yesterday to give honest thought to God’s presence in our lives, today’s questions are all about how and if scripture is transforming us.
When I read articles about the lack of Biblical depth and understanding in our society today, I feel grieved. How do we expect to look and live any different to the culture around us without chewing on the very substance that gives us power?
When I read Hebrews 4:12, something stirs.
“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”
When I read Joshua 1:8, something shifts.
“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”
When I read 2 Timothy 3:16-17, something shakes.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
Because this is what the Bible does… it stirs, shifts and shakes because it’s transforming our lives – we are ingesting transforming words.
So is there? Is there evidence of scripture changing you?
Ponder the following questions.
Pray about them.
Think. Reflect. Wrestle.
Confront the honest truth of your lifestyle.
And allow the Holy Spirit to speak.
- Have you been finding Scripture to be alive and active?
- Are you finding certain Biblical promises extremely precious and encouraging? Which ones?
- Are you finding God calling you or challenging you to something through The Word? In what ways?