According to recent Barna research findings, 85% of engaged believers express a desire for greater Bible use outside of church. If you find yourself in this same wishing-for-something-more boat, have you ever wondered what your ideal Bible study would be? As much as I value Simply Bible, my ideal Bible study is not Simply Bible.
What is my ideal? What would keep me engaged with my Bible day in and day out?
Imagine the following:
It’s early. I brew some hot tea and grab, of course, my Bible. As I open it up, I pray a little prayer asking Jesus to help me understand. Just at that moment, guess who walks in?
“JESUS?!!” I exclaim!
“Yep! That’s me!” Jesus cheerfully responds with a smile radiating kindness like I’ve never, ever seen before.
Oh. My. Goodness. It’s the Author Himself!
I’m swooning. Kneeling. Awestruck.
Yet, longing for relationship as much as I do, Jesus simply settles in to talk about what I’m reading. He happily listens as I share. He’s not exasperated or disappointed by my questions or my confusion. Rather he readily answers questions, explains, teaches and then when the time seems right, He reminds me about a particular issue I’m facing and shows me how this passage especially applies to that situation. It feels a little awkward, because I didn’t know that He even knew about that scenario. Thankfully, it’s all on the table now. And lo and behold! I clearly see the right next thing that I need to do that day.
It’s time for us both to get to work, but similarly to how the two men felt on the road to Emmaus when Jesus showed up (Luke 24:13-35),
They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” - Luke 24:32