Shaped By The Word

 To and From, an exploration of the journey of biblical discipleship.

This week, Sarah Almodovar shares thoughts and reflections on this Sunday's message.


I've read Psalm 119 many times (not too many, though because--you know--it's long!), but the Lord showed me something new this time. In last Sunday's sermon, Pastor Rich pointed out that from beginning to end, Psalm 119 pays homage to God's Word. Whether praising or pleading, crying out in anger or joy, the psalmist calls to mind God's Word in every single verse. How often do I do the same? But I'm getting ahead of myself...

 

There's that distinction between reading the Bible for information versus transformation. Pastor Rich explained it like this: often we want to know about God (information) but aren't willing to have our hearts changed by Him (transformation). It makes sense if you really think about it. In order to have a change of heart, a different attitude, you have to first accept that your current mindset is flawed. (I'm saying "you" to apply to the general public, but let me be honest and take some ownership here!)  I need to accept that my point of view, or my actions or my words are most likely flawed. That I'm acting, speaking, thinking out of the sin in my own heart. Once I can accept that, then I can repent and truly seek transformation through God's Word.

 

His Word says,

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
— Hebrews 4:12, ESV

 

The Word of God is powerful! Through the Word, God shows me that I am sinful, that I need Him, and he transforms me. The question is, am I willing to invite and allow His Spirit to do that work? It's nice to know that God is holy, but am I willing to abandon my sinful habits and desires in the midst of His holiness? It's comforting to know that God is sovereign, but can I stop white-knuckle-gripping my plans and instead hold them in open hands in order to move according to His will?

It’s comforting to know that God is sovereign, but can I stop white-knuckle-gripping my plans and instead hold them in open hands in order to move according to His will?

 

As we immerse ourselves in God's Word and gather information about who He is and what He has done, let us be transformed by the power of His Word. Oh Lord, take us from information to transformation, and make us more like you.