All throughout the Bible, we see God inviting us on an adventure. Lead Pastor Ben Snyder talked about this in week one of our series, The Final Stretch.
We’re invited to:
- Know God
- Find Freedom
- Discover Our Purpose
- Make a Difference
To find personal answers in Scripture and apply what you’re reading to events in your life, here are four questions to ask yourself while reading the Bible:
- How does this help me know God more?
- In what area is God revealing that I need to find freedom?
- What does this show me about discovering my purpose?
- How does knowing this help me make a difference?
These are simple questions, but they help us see the adventure God has invited us on. Recently, I applied these questions to Acts 2:46-47.
46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
We know God is generous and wants his followers to be generous as well. Sharing things like my time, resources, and talents with my community can help me find freedom when I’m tempted to be selfish.
Sharing also reminds me that my purpose is to love others by going out of my way for them. Sometimes that means sacrificing my time, resources, or talents, but doing so can make a difference in someone’s life by meeting a need or showing support.
This year, I was challenged to be more intentional with sharing by spending $20 a week on someone else. When one of my friends was having car problems, I realized this was one way I could be intentionally generous. So I wrote her a letter and put in an envelope with $20 dollars and a key chain that I got in Israel. That small act made such a big difference. I wanted to do more for her, but I realized even something small and intentional demonstrated a lot of support.
I was able to find freedom by being more trusting and open-handed with what God has given me. God used that step of faith to show me the purpose of being intentional and how it builds friendship. It put a smile on my friend’s face and encouraged her while she was dealing with her car problems. For me, it was a simple reminder that when you are intentionally generous, it can make an impact.
By reading God’s word personally and intentionally applying what it teaches to my life, I am able to grow in my understanding of God, find freedom from my own struggles, and experience some of my purpose by making a difference in the life of someone else!
God is inviting us into an adventure every day. When you read Scripture and ask questions like these, you can apply God’s lessons to your life in a way that helps you see the adventure God is inviting you into.
What excites you about the adventure with God?
What keeps you from stepping into the adventure with God?
Which of the four questions above resonates most with you? Why?
Take time this week to read Scripture and as you read, ask yourself those four questions.
If you resonate with finding freedom the most, join a Group. If you resonate with finding purpose or making a difference, join GrowthTrack.
Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions.
God, I pray for clear vision to see the wonderful truths in your instructions. Your instructions reveal powerful promises about who you are. Lord, help me to commit to spending more time with you so that I can know you more. And help me to reveal the areas in my life where I need to find freedom to see you more clearly and follow your way. I pray that out of that freedom, I find the purpose you have for me and use it to make more of a difference for your glory. God, you are inviting me on an awesome adventure, and I pray that your Word will give me the confidence and boldness to continue to step into the journey with you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Rebecca Roberts, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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