James 1:22-25 NLT
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
Ohhhh, what a fun verse this is! Don’t be just hearers of the word, but be DOERS of the word!
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat down with my Bible, read a few verses or a chapter, taken a deep breath, and went on with my life. That chore was done. I’ve put in my obligatory Bible reading so the lightning from heaven won’t strick me down.
God doesn’t want us to spend time in the word just as an obligation. He wants us to read it and APPLY it.
As I mentioned, hubby and I are trying to do better at this. I am making him (Yes, MAKING him) get up with me before I leave for work in the morning to read the Bible together. We aren’t reading a lot, usually just a few verses, then talking about how we can apply it.
I wish I could be one of those Bible scholors who sits for hours devouring the word, but when I do that, it all goes in one ear and out the other. Nothing sticks. I want to REMEMBER.
This is one of the reasons I love Christian fiction so much. I spend hours reading a book that usually has a powerful Christian theme that can soak into my heart as I read. There’s a reason Jesus used parables. Stories stick!
I pray that I can write stories that stick to my readers as well, stories that will ignite their fire for God and encourage them to delve deep into the Word of God (without the dreaded P word of course!)
So… anyone have any methods of Bible study you use to help the message stick? Or, any methods you use to weave the Spiritual Themes in your books without smacking your reader upside the head with a Bible?