Here’s something the devil doesn’t want you to know: The most important part about reading Scripture is putting the Bible into practice.
In the Bible, James says:
But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. (James 1:22 NRSVA).
Working Out Practical Steps
Simply reading the Bible, however deeply you study it, or listening to a sermon is not enough. You need to do something with what you learn. You need to be putting the Bible into practice. Sometimes, this can be difficult on our own. We may, on occasions, lack the imagination to know how to put God’s Word into practice. That’s why studying the Bible in a small group is so important in our spiritual formation. A good discussion over God’s Word between friends can often produce ways of putting the Bible into practice that we would not have thought of on our own.
Putting the Bible into Practice
How can you ensure you are putting the Bible into practice? One of the best ways I have discovered, as suggested by Rick Warren, is to ensure you write out an action step every time you read, study or hear God’s Word. The action step needs to be personal, practical and provable. In other words, it needs to involve you (note, not someone else!). It needs to be something you can do (eradicating world poverty on your own probably isn’t, for example!) and have a deadline to it. For example, your action step as a result of reading James 1:22 might be that you will write down an action step at the end of each daily Bible reading you do, starting today.
Putting the Bible into practice is essential if you want to obey God’s purposes for your life. How do you ensure you are putting the Bible into practice?
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