Do you want to understand the Bible? Sure, commentaries are valuable. Sermons and Bible studies are priceless. But do you REALLY want your HEART, even more than your MIND to grasp what God is trying to tell you? Then do this: Take one frightening step of utter obedience. For us, that step was to start the adoption process.
I have been absolutely floored at how our adoption has suddenly opened my eyes to what so much of the Bible is really saying. As I loved and worried about our baby living in a third world country, I suddenly saw how bizarre our lifestyle is as Americans. I saw that WE are like the rich young ruler who Jesus challenged… the rich young ruler who had kept every commandment, but wasn’t willing to give up His wealth in exchange for the Kingdom of God.
All of the sudden, the topic of “riches” leapt from the scripture. Jesus talked about it everywhere He went, didn’t He? In the Gospels, He doesn’t STOP talking about it. He KNEW that it’d be our stumbling block… that its security would become our god. He knew the transformative power of giving to the poor, and of counting all of your worldly blessings “as loss”… as nothing more than distracters from the only true Blessing. And the Word of God became alive.
Then, my heart went a step further. Our baby does not share our blood, but you could NEVER convince me that (s)he isn’t our child. And I thought, WOW. This is what God meant by the family of Christ. I began reading blogs of other adoptive families… hearing their stories… seeing how their hearts, because of Jesus, mirrored the good parts of my own heart. And I thought again, WOW. We really are sisters. Blood relatives… not by our own blood, but by the blood of Christ.
Dear God, You are good! My heart is still so black, and in need of Your grace. But You transform us through you Spirit, through Your Word, and through prompting us to take steps of obedience into the life you always wanted for us.
Are YOU ready to understand the Bible more? I know I am! Let’s live lives that help us see just how “living & active” the Scripture really is! And then, let’s love God more!