Many Christians today are stuck in a rut (an expression Mom often uses to describe my behavior). As Christians we must not get stuck going through the motions in our worship or doing the same things over and over in our spiritual lives as if we can serve God through routine.
It is easy to get into a rut because God would have us live in a certain way and worship Him in specific ways, such that, if we are not careful, we will find ourselves living without growing spiritually and going through the motions in our worship without thinking of what it all means and how God works in our lives every day and not just as we have need of Him.
Romans 12:2 says: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” This tells us that we must not conform our lives to what the world tells us is normal, but we must be transformed by the scriptures until we prove by our lives what is the “good and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
We must prove by our lives what the will of God is for every person by living what we learn in scripture what He would have us be. We are to do this by the renewing of our minds with regular bible study and thus keep our minds keen and sharp on the things that God would have us know and be.
If we get stuck in a rut, just doing certain things we know that God requires, but not constantly learning new things and reminding ourselves of what we have already learned, we cannot truly live a godly life because things become stale and before long we may wonder why we are doing such things in the first place.
It seems we can go one way or the other in our walk with God. We can continue to grow in the knowledge of our God or we can stagnate and allow satan to influence us until we fall away from God altogether. We can either continue to grow stronger or we are in grave danger of losing it all. This is why constant and diligent bible study is needed.
There is so much to learn from just reading God’s word and taking it to heart, that we can spend a whole lifetime studying and still not learn everything there is to know about God and His word. We can read a passage that we think we know so well and see something that we haven’t noticed before that shed’s more light on God and His will for us.
We must be ever diligent in our study and not allow others to lead us into false doctrine or read into scripture more than is there ourselves, but we can always learn and should have our minds keen and ready to renewed by scripture at all times.We must not stray down paths that lead us into thinking it says more than it says.
So-called theologians are great at taking a single verse out of context from its passage and concocting a theory that the scriptures just do not support. This has been going on for almost 2000 years. Yet, we must continue to study for ourselves, taking what is there and applying it to our daily lives.Doing so is what godly living is all about.When we study there are several questions we should keep in mind. I will talk about these in a post soon.
May God bless and keep you until next time.