Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Letting the Bible read us

Greg Taylor recently shared some challenging ideas about reading the Bible:

In Spiritual formation, we're moving from reading the Bible to the Bible reading us. Yes, the Bible reading us. We don't stand above Scripture, shaping it to our image, but we are read by Scripture, undone by it, being shaped into the image of Christ by it. That's part of Spiritual formation.

I like that concept of the Scripture reading us. There's a certain danger in having the Word of God between book covers--something we hold in our hand, carry with us or leave behind us as we choose. The more we read the Bible the more we're tempted, I believe, to feel we have mastered the Scriptures. In reality, we won't get anywhere until we allow the Word to master us.

6 Comments:

Blogger Phil (Col 1:27-28) said...

In spirit and in truth. Amen!

Blessings in Christ Jesus!

11:52 AM, April 27, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thanks for coming by, Phil! Peace.

1:05 PM, April 27, 2005  
Blogger tommy said...

This is a great word! Thanks.

4:11 PM, April 27, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Glad you think so, Tommy. Thanks for visiting. Peace.

7:38 PM, April 27, 2005  
Blogger John Schroeder said...

Great post, linked here

8:10 AM, April 28, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thanks, John, for the kind words and for the link. Peace.

8:30 AM, April 28, 2005  

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