I had the amazing opportunity to share a bit of my heart during our church service last Sunday. I was asked to share briefly on what I learned during the women’s bible study I was apart of this past fall. We studied Beth Moore’s “Living Beyond Yourself” video series and it was an incredible time of spiritual growth for me.
As I was preparing and trying to put into words what I took away from the study, these were some of my random thoughts:
– I love being inspired by seeing Beth live out my dream, to speak and write full time, teaching the word of God to others
– It’s been a long time since I’ve really dug deep into the word of God and Beth’s study did such a great job of helping me do that
– Even with the help of this study, I’m still struggling to be consistent in my personal time with the Lord each and every day
– God’s word won’t just change my life (such a general idea) but it will change my day (it’s specific and personal)
As I was trying to piece together these somewhat fragmented thoughts (at 5 am cuz baby was up when he should’ve been sleeping), God whispered this truth to me –
“My word flourishes under your affection.”
At first it sounded like one of my mommy-brain type lines that seem all insightful in my head but when they come out, they’re just mumbo-jumbo from an overtired, under-caffeinated mind. But as I thought and prayed it over I realized this truth was indeed directly from the heart of God.
So often I come to my time with God dreading the bible-reading part. It never used to be this way, but in the last few years the word has just seemed overwhelming, distant and daunting.
But this truth changes everything.
You see, the word of God is a living, breathing thing.
Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
And like any living thing, it thrives under our love and affection.
When we approach the word of God with love, truly valuing it, appreciating it, expecting the very best from it, it will never disappoint us. But when we come to the word expecting defeat, that may be exactly what we find.
And what makes all the difference here is LOVE.
Again and again I come to the conclusion that God is not after are “good deeds” as much as He’s after our hearts and our affection.
If reading the bible is just another thing on our “good Christian” to do list, it becomes lifeless. But if we are motivated by love, love for God, and love for the word He gave us as a gift, the bible will come alive AND bear good fruit in our lives.
What about you? How do you get motivated and inspired to spend time in the word daily? I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas!