Day Four: Mastered by The Story

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. (James 1.22-25)

So, how can we live out the Bible in our lives?

“First, we need to be mastered by the Story by reading the Bible so deeply that its story becomes our story. If we let that story become our story, we will inhabit the Bible’s very own story. Now, let me remind us that it is not simply this story that masters us but the God of that story…

Second, together as God’s people we are to so inhabit the Story that we can discern how to live in our world… We read the Bible with all the tools of history and language… but a proper reading of the Bible is attended by the Spirit, who will transform us, guide us, and give us discernment to know how to live in our world.” (S. McKnight, The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible, p. 211)

Prayer: Lord, empower me to live out your word, your perfect law of freedom. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s sing “Build My Life” (Tribl/Maverick City Music). Click here.

–JP

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