Living According to God’s Word
February 14, 2011 § Leave a comment
Reading the Bible is not necessarily the same thing as reading Scripture. Reading the Bible as Scripture is reading the Bible as the Word of God that shapes our identities so decisively as to transform them. Too many read the words of the Bible and then walk away from it unchanged and uninspired. For them the gap between an ancient text and faithful contemporary life is too big. How can we commit ourselves to the Bible with the expectation to be transformed by it as God’s relevant Word for our lives? Psalm 119:9-16 draws a picture of someone who seeks God with all his heart because he wants to live according to God’s word. The purpose of seeking God in God’s word is “that I might not sin against you” (119:11). Hearing the Word leads to meditating the Word, and ultimately becomes an integrated source for a life full of joy and delight (119:13-16). Our formation as God’s people who live faithful lives every day starts with the Word of God that shapes our patterns of thinking, feeling, believing, and acting. How serious do you take God’s Word?