Reflect on God’s Word
Read Romans 12:2
“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
How is our mind renewed?
We actively reflect, think, meditate, and ponder the words of the Bible into our hearts and souls. Not only is reflection (or meditation) an active consideration of biblical truth, as Romans 12:2 tells us, it is also commanded by God.
Reflection fosters understanding, and understanding enables us to hear God’s personal message to each one of us. Let me demonstrate what I mean with an example. Take a close look at Christ’s words in Luke 6:46-49:
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
Got it? Now go back and read it a couple more times, meditating on what Jesus is saying here. Pull it apart sentence by sentence and listen to His voice, His heart. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you.
Ponder His words on an intellectual level: What is He saying through these verses? What’s a key message here? Is there a warning or a promise? Is He teaching me about God’s character or my eternal destiny?
Ponder His words on a relational level: How do they apply uniquely to me? Is He calling me to action? Is He telling me to slow down and listen more? Is He encouraging me—disciplining me? Have I been neglecting Him or others?
Lord, I want to stop merely reading the Bible and begin engaging it. I want to receive, reflect on, and respond to Your Word. Amen.