Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Heady vs. Hearty

In the Dr. Seuss Christmas classic, the grumpy Grinch undergoes a big change.

He hates the Whos in Whoville and all their hullaballoo. Mostly because he’s missing the heart of the event by being head-focused on the factual details and trappings of the Who Christmas.

But as he continues to observe and assess and mull, he witnesses that the trappings don’t make the day. It’s something else.

The Grinch had a tiny little hard heart. By moving past the facts of the situation, he finally gets to the “So what?” and everything changes.

He saw things differently and behaved differently. He looked beyond the information into transformation. His heart grew and grew.

When you read the Bible, if it doesn’t burn or expand your heart, you're not reading it right.

Understanding the historical and linguistic intricacies of the Bible is great but useless if that’s all you’re looking for. It makes Bible reading just that -- reading. And the Bible becomes just another book -- mostly a source of information.

Getting caught up in the dissection of scripture can be a way to avoid letting it reach your heart. Your head fills with information but your heart isn’t touched. Nothing changes.

That’s why we need the “So what?” question.

Asking “So what?” drives us past the information toward the real goal of God’s Word which is transformation. Asking “So what?” moves us past merely dissecting the Word to discerning and digesting the Word.

As believers, we come to God’s Word to learn about Him and therefore become more like Him. This is not accomplished merely through gaining information. What’s discovered has to be applied. It has to be owned. It has to be lived.

Scripture is not just a mystery to be unlocked or a crossword puzzle to be completed.

Don’t forget that there’s a message in the Bible for you, straight from the Holy Spirit. Be open -- vulnerable -- to how this Gospel means for you.

David declared, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11, ESV).

Be less “heady” and more “hearty.” Be transformed, not merely informed.

How do you study the Bible? Do you just read it to gain information? Do you mediate on what you read? Do you ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand and assimilate what you read? Share your thoughts on the topic in the comments!

NOTE: For the past several and for the next few weeks, Tuesday’s post will be a brief two-minute devotional. Think, “Tuesday Two-Minute Devotional” or “Two-Minute Tuesdays or something  along those lines. ;-)

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