When reading God’s Word do you read as a spectator or as a participant? Do you place yourself in the events and activities…responding to the interaction as you are reading?
When we participate in the Word of God, instead of simply observing as we read, our perspective is very different. We move from the outside looking in to the inside where we find personal application for our lives.
We are reminded in Hebrews 4:12 that “the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”
As we read about the life of Jesus, we find that in His interactions with individual people, He was consistently asking them questions. When we participate in God’s Word, we discover that those questions were not just intended for those to whom He was speaking directly, but for us as well. Although Jesus already knew the answers to the questions He asked, He still asked because He wanted those to whom He was speaking to think about what He was asking and in the process hopefully recognize the truth of who they were and the truth of who he is. The same is true for us today.
One example is found in John 18:3-7: “The leading priests and Pharisees had given Judas a contingent of Roman soldiers and Temple guards to accompany him. Now with blazing torches, lanterns, and weapons, they arrived at the olive grove. Jesus fully realized all that was going to happen to him, so he stepped forward to meet them. “Who are you looking for?” he asked. “Jesus the Nazarene,” they replied. “I Am he,” Jesus said. (Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them.) As Jesus said, “I Am he,” they all drew back and fell to the ground! Once more he asked them, “Who are you looking for?” And again they replied, “Jesus the Nazarene.”’
They had a name and address: “Jesus the Nazarene.” They were looking for Jesus, the carpenter from Nazareth.
Who are YOU looking for? Jesus the teacher…Jesus the Son of Man…Jesus the healer…Jesus the Savior of the World…Jesus the Prince of Peace…Jesus the Messiah…Jesus the King of Kings?
Or just maybe you’re reading this today and your response to Him is…”I’m looking for you…Jesus my Lord.”
In Jeremiah 29:13 God said, “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I’m looking for you…my Lord…my savior…my King. Thank you for revealing yourself to me. Amen
Bro. Joe Metts