This year rather than read the Bible through as I had done for several years, I have read the gospels over and over. I have tried to find ways to keep from letting it become too familiar or too legalistic to be of value to my spiritual growth. Also, I have been teaching the study, Reading the Bible for Life by George H. Guthrie, at church. I have tried to join some of the ideas from that study into my devotional life. This morning, I came up with four questions to guide my meditation and journal writing as I read the gospels. I usually read one chapter per day.
- What do I learn about Jesus from this chapter? Here, I am focusing on who Jesus is by meditating on His nature and character. I am looking at how the Gospel writer explains Jesus’ humanity and divinity. I am also looking at how His fulfills prophecies and how He is revealed as Messiah, Savior, and Lord.
- What does Jesus teach by His words or by His example? I am looking for what I must obey. As my Lord, what does Jesus want me to do? In Luke 2, which I read this morning, it says in a couple of places that Jesus grew in wisdom. This is an example to follow, and I began to consider how I might focus on growing in godly wisdom.
- How do people respond to Jesus in ways that I should emulate? In the text, how do I see others obey Jesus. For example, as I read Luke 2, I noticed how Simeon waited for God’s promise and rejoiced with praise as he saw it fulfilled.
- How do I apply what I have observed to my life? After meditating upon or writing down the things that I have observed, I look back and try to think of specific ways that I need to apply. For example, this morning I decided that to grow in godly wisdom, I need to read a chapter of Proverbs each day.