How do you read the Bible?
Is it something you run to, find a random verse or two that prove the point you want to make, so that you can win an argument? Or confirm a thought or belief you already had?
Is it like a self-help book, that gives you pointers and recommendations about how you “should” live, but you can never really live up to those standards?
Think about this, because it’s important. How you read God's Word is how you connect with Him relationally. Scripture is important in the Christian life, because it is the only place we can go to read what God’s story is. The point He is trying to make in this world.
Now stop, and think of how God speaks to each of us. He speaks through stories, experiences, traditions we have within our families and communities, and through His word. If all of those things are not coming together, to bring a whole picture to how we view God, ourselves, and others, we are missing the point. We are missing exactly what God has created us to be. God created us to be in relationship with Him and with others. Our relationship with God transforms and renews us, into being fully human and available relationally to every person we come into contact with, so that God’s love shines first and foremost in our lives.
I encourage every person reading this blog to stop and truly think about what it means to be a Christian. If what you believe makes you a Christian, how can we act out those beliefs in the world? Is just standing up for those beliefs truly being Christ to everyone?
Think deeply. Love Truly. And use the brain that God has given us to uncover the stories in His Word that give us the true meaning of what it means to be a Christian. Never stop learning, searching, and growing in the transformational grace of the Lord.