Key Scripture: Matthew 4:4, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12, 1 Thessalonians 2:13
Over the past four weeks, we’ve challenged you to “just read” when it comes to your interactions with the Bible. Instead of keeping God’s word at a distance, we desired for you to give it an opportunity and just crack it opened. We trusted that God would speak through this process and your willingness to understand Him better. We didn’t want you to just read for information, but rather for transformation.
His Word can’t do its work unless it’s in your heart. But, you can’t hide God’s word in your heart without getting it in your head. Reading requires thinking. There is a collision that occurs when our perspective of how things are or should be collides with God’s Truth. When we run smack into the Truth and the way we see things gets challenged, we typically do not respond by surrendering. But, when we collide with the Truth, as well as God’s love and mercy, it changes us: how we see things, how we respond and how we walk.
We must allow what we read and experience to sink deeper. The choice facing us is whether we will be intentional or not about the formation process. A renewed mind, a new way of seeing, is critical for us to offer ourselves to God and sacrifice our purposes for His. It requires submission to the Truth.