I’m continuing the blog series from the How to Read the Bible message.
Over the past couple weeks, we’ve talked about reading the Bible for story and reading the Bible for study. The last discipline is to read the Bible for transformation. Transformation should always be the goal regardless of if we are reading for study or story or devotionally. Reading for transformation should be a daily practice. It’s not about reading the Bible for information but transformation. When we read for study, we put the Bible under a microscope to examine it. When we read for transformation, we put ourselves under the microscope of the Bible so it can examine us. When we read for Story, we look at it through the lens of a filmmaker to bring God’s character and actions into focus. When we read it for transformation, we let the Bible bring our lives into focus. It’s reading for the purpose of changing the way we live. The words of the Bible can transform our hearts, attitudes, homes, workplaces, conversations, and relationships. They can change the way we view our neighborhoods, possessions, and talents.
When I read for transformation, I always read with a pen in hand to circle words and phrases that jump out at me. I circle the names and attributes of God. I mark who and what God has called me to be and what he has asked me to do. I ask questions like “What did this mean?” and “What does it mean for me today?” I ask “so what?” and “now what?” I recognize that Scripture reveals the heart of God so that we can more accurately reflect the heart of God.
D.L. Moody said. The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives.