For Lent, I am walking us through a book called Apprenticeship With Jesus. You can follow along by reading my highlights and reflections. Extensive previews of the book, including excerpts, can be found through Google Books and Amazon, as well as eBook purchasing options.
Day 17: Getting The Bible All The Way Through Me
– The Bible is like Jesus, divine but with marks of humanity
– What if you let the Bible read you?
– What would happen if we trusted ourselves to the Bible?
– Are you getting through the Bible without the Bible getting all the way through you?
This idea of letting the scriptures get through us is a key point on this blog. I mentioned this when I first started the blog and was discussing our spiritual enrichment time. I have seen too many reading programs emphasizing getting through the Bible in a year and too little programs on doing the things that Bible says to do. I like the question that Moon asks, “Are we trusting ourselves to the Bible?” I really can read the Bible with the idea that it can help change me and that I can hear from God. But this will not happen if I am just reading the Bible with my head. The heart has to be involved.
Apprentice Activity: Getting Some Of The Bible All The Way Through Me
– Set aside time to slowly and meditatively read Colossians 3: 1-17
– Then read and memorize verses 1-3, we will then add one verse each day
Verses 1-3 of Colossians 3 are foundational. “Set your mind on things above…” Dallas Willard says that the first freedom that we possess is where we place our mind. “…not on earthly things.” I want to live a day where I do not set my mind on earthly things. To accomplish this would have a gigantic impact on how I treat people, situations, and God.
What is Jesus teaching me? Just in the first few verses of Col. 3, Paul mentions that we have been “raised with Christ” and that we “have died.” Then in v. 5, he tells us that we must put to death our earthly nature. Dying and raising, dying and raising, dying and raising. There is a pattern here. My old self has been put to death but there are still pieces of the old self that haven’t gotten the word yet and so I have to put them to death so I can put on the life of Christ.
What do you need to put to death? What habits have a hold on you? Where can you put your mind today?