In yesterday's BSF lecture, the leader quoted a pastor from a newsletter article. Unfortunately, she didn't name the source beyond that, so I can't give credit where credit is due. But I found the words such a great warning and encouragement that I just had to share on my blog. The pastor wrote that he had to be careful that he wasn't guilty of "a dispassionate pursuit of the word of God." Here is the definition that followed:
"A condition where I read God's truth, see and note the words on the page, but fail to be moved, impacted, and affected, and even overwhelmed by the power and the poignancy of God's revealed truth in His holy Word. In other words, I get into the word but fail to let the Word get into me."
I fell in love with the written word of God from the beginning of my walk with Him. In fact, I was already falling in love with it before I fell in love with Him and discovered His love for me. Over the past 14 years (when I began to keep better track), I've made my way through the entire Bible seven or eight times and through the New Testament at least 24 times. I've also done numerous indepth Bible studies. I've loved all of the experiences and have learned so much, and I've drawn closer to God in the process.
But I don't ever want to read and study the Bible for the soul reason to gain knowledge or to check off a mark on a To Do list. I don't ever want to be guilty of a "dispassionate pursuit" of the Word of God. The entire reason to get into the Word is to let the Word get into me.
I hope that this reminder will be brought to mind often in the years to come so that I will remain dilligent in checking my heart's motive whenever I open His written word. I want to always be guilt of a PASSIONATE PURSUIT of God and never of a dispassionate one.
How about you?