Obey! Obey! Obey!
Did my opening line make you more holy? I thought not.
Aimless repetition rarely gets the affections flowing.
Last night, I spoke on the importance of followers of Christ to obey the Scriptures. It was a wonderful night with a group of people who love Jesus. But I would be remiss if I didn’t speak to the people in the room who were not feeling the obedience vibe for different reasons than simply rebellion.
Some people just have a hard time reading the Bible.
Have you ever picked up the Bible, and struggled with applying the Scriptures to the practicalities of your life?
Have you ever been overwhelmed by the commands that appear on every page? Do you ever feel like a failure when you read your Bible?
If I can be completely honest with you, I get those moments too.
But I’ve learned that whenever reading the Bible feels like I’m reading a corporate financial review, it’s time to stop trying so hard to make something divine happen and just relax!
At that point, I curl up on the couch and read for mere PLEASURE.
Yeah, that’s right. Read without an agenda. Sit down with the Bible like you would a novel, stop analyzing everything so much, and just enjoy the God you are reading about. If you don’t know how to do that without a bit of guidance and structure, here are some old blog posts I wrote on basic Bible reading…
- What to do when the Bible commands you to do something (besides also doing it!)
- When you read Scripture, think of the Bible as a movie with a dramatic plot, and Jesus as the central character.
- Still having a hard time with both of those? Try this.
Over time, you may find yourself falling in love with God as you fill your mind with him. The more you fall in love with God, the more you will want to honor him with obedience.
But I just want to remind you that it’s ok to read the Bible just to read the Bible. You don’t have to squeeze it like a lime, hoping some divine juices will pour forth, and it’s ok if the building doesn’t shake every time you open to the book of Acts.
Perhaps God just wants you to stop the noise of your life for thirty minutes to curl up on the couch with him.