When my grandfather passed away, I spent days telling the stories he shared with me over the years. Some forgotten moments warmed listeners’ hearts, but other tales of my grandfather’s past were met with oohs and ahs. I quickly learned that many family members didn’t completely know his legend. My guess is that my grandfather noticed my excitement while learning about his life, so he made sure to tell me as much as possible.
We tend to be more open or intentional with our interactions when we know our audience is personally involved. God isn’t the same way. His words have always been, and will always be, personal to us, no matter our response. This past weekend, Andy shared with us that the best way to navigate life’s difficult circumstances is to listen to God. The best way we can listen to God—read our Bibles personally. Remember Andy shared, “If God is speaking personally, we should listen personally.”
How do we make it personal? How do we teach ourselves to listen? Rick Warren’s Bible Study Methods offers nine questions to ask when diving into your Bible.
Is there …
- A sin to confess?
- A promise to claim?
- An attitude to change?
- A command to keep?
- An example to follow?
- A prayer to pray?
- An error to avoid?
- A truth to believe?
- Something to thank God for?
6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. 7 Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
As I read the Colossians passage, I used this technique and focused on a couple of questions: Is there an example to follow? Is there a truth to believe?
Yes—Jesus was sent to be the example for us to follow, and the truth to believe is that acknowledging Jesus in all we do will keep our faith heading in the right direction. There were too many times when I only followed God because it fit my needs. My faith was lacking because I wasn’t pursuing a personal relationship with God, but my world opened up when I started to really concentrate on my spiritual development.
Do you think your relationship with God is personal? Do you feel a disconnect when you skim over God’s words?
Find quiet time each day to study your Bible. Try to find ways that scripture fits into your daily life. Take GrowthTrack to discover God’s purpose for your life to mature in your spiritual development.
Dear God, thank you for not wasting any moments in my life and for continuously showing me grace and patience. When my faith seems small to me, remind me that my faith comes from your words. Let me remain encouraged to start each day with open eyes and ears, to see and hear how to use my relationship with you to spread your truth. Amen.
This post was written by Jaron Camp, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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