There is danger in asking, “what does this passage mean to you” when reading the Scriptures.
There is much value in “digging deeper” into a Biblical text. Too often, we tend to skim the surface of Scripture and insert ourselves into the narrative. I’ve been guilty of saying (and have heard others say), “what does this passage mean to you/me.” There is danger is asking that question when reading the Word of God.
While there may be a number of applications to draw out from a Biblical Text, there is only one meaning.
A more accurate question would be, “what does this text mean.” While there may be a number of applications to draw out from a Biblical Text, there is only one meaning. Asking the latter forces us to dig until we know for certain what God meant when He inspired the Biblical writers to write as they were moved on by the Holy Spirit.
There’s good news, the Bible (God’s Word) is sufficient.
There are many excuses for a lack of diligent study. I believe, for the most part, many individuals skim the surface is not because they lack reverence for the Word but they are ignorant (uneducated) in how to study a text. Therefore, we never really dig into what God meant because we don’t know how to look into what we read. There’s good news, the Bible (God’s Word) is sufficient. You don’t have to be a Biblical Scholar to understand and know what it means. You simply need the right tools and you need to know how to use those tools. The very words we read have meaning. Therefore, it’s important to have a basic understanding how to study those words.
It is my prayer that as a student of Scripture, the attached link will help you in your pursuit to study the very Words of God. How To Do A Word Study (via Olive Tree Blog.)
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward | Hebrews 11:24-26
Moses chose the hard life rather than the convienant due to the fact he was looking beyond where he was to where he was going. This reminds me, sins pleasure is for a short time and leaves one left out of an eternal reward. Choosing your way based on the sake of Christ keeps you looking ahead. So, keep looking ahead by faith not accepting that which is convienant but choose the greater reward.
I am excited about speaking to the student leadership group for Ethos tonight at 6:30. They are otherwise known as the Core. They are a super sharp group of adult leaders who love investing in the lives of students as well as super sharp student leaders who are helping to shape the lives of their fellow students. I will be bringing my text out of Ephesians 5: 15-17 – Be very careful then how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most out of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. I am titling it Moments Create Movements. Those ordinary moments in our lives have the opportunity to be the birthplace of a movement. Every opportunity could be the start of something big. I personally feel that the movement doesn’t create leaders…leaders are born when they take hold of an opportunity which leads to the start of a movement. Don’t mistake celebrities with leaders, leaders do not celebrate themselves but are servants who celebrate and pour in the lives of others. Moments Create Movements…