I like to eat…actually scratch that, I love to eat. I enjoy both dining out and home cooked meals. Food plays a big role in many cultures because not only is it promoted all the time, it also brings people together. Whether it is a Christmas party, a Thanksgiving get together, or even a sporting event, people often look forward to eating! I know I do. Gathering with family and friends, and enjoying each other’s company over a great meal is both fun and satisfying. I tend to look forward to spending time with friends over a hot dish.
As I look back at all the social feasts, I can clearly remember the times I overate…especially during the holiday seasons. You know that feeling, the excitement of seeing the varieties of entrees and desserts offered. Often, our eyes become bigger than our stomachs, and although it is very good, it is difficult to digest.
Similar to these struggles of overeating, many young people, including myself, approach His Word in this way. There are many instances when I hear, “The Bible is confusing!”, “I don’t even know where to start!”, and things such as, “I want to read, but I don’t know how.” I have seen a big wave of excitement from my generation to learn about Jesus, and that makes my heart so happy! The problem isn’t necessarily that we lack excitement, rather we lack an understanding on how to approach the Bible.
I see that many of today’s youth is diving into the Word of God but, often are left confused and lost. The scriptures have been planted into their hearts but, like a heavy and fast paced meal, is not digested thoroughly. It is important to feed your physical body, and it is just as important to feed your spiritual body and soul.
The question for today’s young population is, how should we feed our souls? One cannot just open the Bible, and read the words at face value; it is not that simple. I believe that is because God wants us to dig deeper and this is just one way that He challenges us to do so. In order to fully digest the words of our Lord, there are three crucial elements many people, myself included, often miss.
I will consider all your works, and meditate on all your mighty deeds.
Many times when I read the Bible, I get confused on what the meaning of the passage is. I’m not sure how to unravel the message and often, just flip somewhere else or plain give up. But, the Lord wants us to meditate on his Word. I wasn’t sure how to, and I still struggle with it. I have learned that meditating is a spiritual discipline that takes a lot of patience and practice. Instead of turning the page, meditating allows me to think more deeply, open my heart and mind to listen to God, and learn how to apply it to my life. One way I like to mediate is by listening to peaceful music.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
I see many people who are trying to read the Word all on their own. Yes, personal devotions with Jesus are super important for spiritual growth, but God also created us to have fellowship with one another. God created us to spread the Good News not only to non-believers but, with each other as well. Fellowship brings us together so we can listen to ideas, encourage one another, and helps us build our own individual growth. Be with people who will really challenge you to grow in your faith and worship Him in ways that may be new to yourself.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
The amazing thing is, we don’t only receive Jesus through the Bible, because He was and is a being. He is a spirit. He is all powerful and all knowing. He is still holding these characteristics to this day and every day so forth. This comes down to reading the Word and living out our lives intentionally. It will be very difficult to grasp what God is trying to speak to you if His Word is read with no diligence. When we take time to hear God and live our life knowing our purpose, we will better understand who God is and why we live in His freedom.
I strongly encourage you include these three aspects into your lives. This week, not only do I challenge myself to mediate more, be in more fellowship, and live more intentionally, but I challenge you too as well.
This week, how will you meditate on God’s word?
This week, how will you surround yourself with fellowship?
This week, how will you live your life intentionally?