Did the Bible live in me today?
WEDNESDAY – 01.06.21 • Read John 15:1-8
The Bible is a love story—the story of a loving, creative God who is good. It is a collection of wonderfully engaging stories, written in a variety of genres such as poetry, prophecy and parables, meant not just to amuse or entertain, but also to shape our very life. Engaging the Bible is about intimacy more than literacy. Reading the Bible for knowledge of God is one thing.
Allowing the Bible to read you for transformation is altogether different.
⇒ Wesley didn’t ask, “Did I read my Bible today?” but “Did it live in me?” Is the Bible actively shaping your heart, your inner self? To allow the Bible to live in us we must be humble people, taking a posture of listening, learning, action and service. How do you let the Bible live in you each day?
⇒ The Bible is both divine and human. The Bible reveals the human struggle, discloses all that is wrong with humanity—violence, lust, murder, injustice, paganism—and at the same time discloses God’s enduring love that overcomes human deficiencies and provides new life. Has your view of the Bible changed throughout your life? Do you value the Bible differently, or relate to it differently, than you did when you were younger?
Prayer: God, prepare my ears to hear your voice in the Bible. Open my heart and mind to the truths held in its pages. Holy Spirit, guide me into all truth and expand my understanding of Jesus in a real and living way. Amen.