Use It or Lose It

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”  2 Timothy 3:17

God’s word is meant to be used.  Think about it.  It’s not just ancient history, or beautiful poetic language. It’s not a philosophy that you can decide to take or leave.  It has a purpose, an important purpose.  Reading and listening to God’s word trains us to be better people, shows us what we need to change and prepares us to do His work in the world.

Do you read the Bible this way? Do you meditate on it daily?  Do you take the words of the Sunday sermon to heart? Do you realize that the Bible is God’s love letter to you, today? Or do you take it for granted?

At a Via de Cristo retreat one of the things we learn is to take time with a group of other Christians to evaluate our spiritual lives.  I’m in such a group and here are some of the questions we ask each other every time we meet:

What have you studied this week to better understand Jesus Christ and His mystical body, the church?

What was the most helpful Spiritual insight from your study?

What will be your plan for next week to enrich your study?

I try to ask myself these questions regularly.  It helps me think about and understand where God is leading me.  If I don’t do this, chances are I’ll miss an opportunity to grow and learn in my faith.  What about you?  How have you used God’s Word this week?