Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Where are you in the Word?

My hubby/pastor has always said when that certain boy comes up and shows interest in our daughter, he plans to ask, "Son, where are you in the Word?"

That makes me laugh and think that I'm glad I'm not the boy who has to face that daddy. But, shouldn't we be able to answer this question?

There have been times in my life my answer would have been, "Uh, well ..." You get the picture - a whole lot of stammering. To be a thriving Christian, I should be able to answer this question right off.

Recently, my women's Bible study class and I started a new Bible study by Lysa Terkeurst. I will admit, the first thing that attracted me to this study was the title and the subtitle - Becoming More Than a Bible Study Girl - Living the Faith After the Bible Class is Over.

This idea struck me and then it convicted me. Am I guilty of gorging myself on God's Word during the study but with nothing to show afterwards? Does any of the teaching stick?

God's Word is an instruction book, meaning it is not only to be read but put into practice. Here's how James puts it in James 1:23+

"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." NIV

"Don't fool yourself into thinking you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don't act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like." The Message

Terkeurst adds to this; "The more we allow ourselves to be filled up with God's Word, the more consumed - positively absorbed - we'll be with God Himself."

In light of these things, maybe we should ask each other where we are in the Word. We might need a little accountability like that to keep us on track so we don't just read the Word and forget it. And, what a glorious thought that the more we feast on His Word, the more we'll be filled with God.

So, where are you in the Word?


Brooke Cox said...

It's easier to read something than it is to live it. To live it takes work. Takes our minds off other things and on to God. And it's something I need to work on!

Anonymous said...

Great article, Paula. I used to view a "quiet time" as something to check off every day. Once I changed my perspective on why I read the Bible, life changed. The wealth and wholeness of getting to know God on a deeper level is beyond words. (no pun intended). It has saved my life...
J.A. Marx

Paula Mowery said...

Brooke, I know what you mean. Much easier to just read and not be held accountable to put it into practice.

Julie, it is so easy to make it a check-off-my-list kind of thing. But, transformation really does happen when we use what we study.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.