I asked myself last week, “How deep does my daily reading of God’s Word go?” I receive encouragement from my reading, I’m challenged to be more like Jesus, and even feel God speak to me through it. But, am I allowing the intensity of God’s Word to shape my thoughts and attitudes?
Political news shapes my knowledge of which candidate to vote for. Friends shape my views on cosmetics, clothes, and reading material. Pastors shape my views about spiritual understanding. But who shapes my motives? What penetrates my thoughts and impacts my attitudes to make me most like Jesus, the lover of my soul?
It is through the beautiful Word of God that we are molded and shaped into God’s likeness. Each of us must decide how we read the Bible. Do we read it as a duty, something to be checked off our to-do list? Or do we read it with intensity, asking God to let it penetrate through our carelessness and lack of concentration?
“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires” (Hebrews 4:12).
When we give our concentration to Scripture, it follows us around all day. And as we reflect on the precious words, the shaping of God begins. When we memorize the words, they are waiting in our heart to guide our attitudes. As we sing Scripture songs, the joy of His Words fills our soul and our behaviors are directly impacted.
John Stott said, “We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior.” Let the shaping begin.