Am I learning how to use my Bible? The way to become complete for the Master’s service is to be well soaked in the Bible; some of us only exploit certain passages. Our Lord wants to give us continuous instruction out of His word; continuous instruction turns hearers into disciples. Oswald Chambers, Approved Unto God
These last few blog posts have been a theme on our journey of faith. How does faith begin?https://satisfiedatthewell.com/2020/04/04/paralyzed-or-propelled/ And when faith sparks life in our heart, what immediate changes take place?https://satisfiedatthewell.com/2020/04/11/resurrection-life/
This post speaks to our continuance in faith. Many believers stall here, and I will testify that I have spent some time gazing over the precipice myself. There is a bridge needed between knowing what the Bible says and having a personal walk with the God of the Bible. This yawning gap deters many a Christian from the deep, intimate fellowship that the One who redeemed them, adopted them, forgave and justified them, longs to enjoy with them.
Romans 6:11 employs the word that defines the necessary bridge we need: reckon.
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
RECK’ON, verb intransitive 1. To reason with one’s self and conclude from arguments. http://webstersdictionary1828.com/Dictionary/reckon
From HELPS Word-studies
3049 logízomai (the root of the English terms “logic, logical“) – properly, compute, “take into account”; reckon (come to a “bottom-line”), i.e. reason to a logical conclusion (decision). https://biblehub.com/greek/3049.htm
Reckoning is the personalizing of what we know into our walk of faith. The Holy Spirit is as essential to this step of faith as He has been to every other. He leads and guides us into all truth.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. John 16:13-14
When I trusted Christ as my Savior, the Holy Spirit moved into my life that day. He began nudging my heart about the things that didn’t belong in my life and moving me to get rid of them. He put in my heart the desire to know more about this God who now lived in me and encouraged me to read the Bible and listen intently to the preaching of His Word. As long as I took heed to His voice, my spiritual life grew. But there came a day when I said “no” to His nudging. I made an excuse as to why that thing He asked of me was simply not possible. I tried to make it up to Him in other areas, though. I allowed unforgiveness of someone in my heart, but I doubled my efforts to serve Him at church. Soon, it became a habit to ignore the nudges that I refused to deal with and perfect the areas that I liked. Needless to say, my relationship with the Lord died. My Bible reading and prayer time was perfunctory, part of my daily routine, but it was lifeless. His Word became rules to follow; knowledge that never seemed to work itself out into peace or joy or love for others. I was working hard to look good on the outside, but the grace of God had ceased His work inside of my heart. I became the white-washed tomb that Jesus referred to when He spoke of the Pharisees.
Not everyone turns this direction when they stop obeying the nudge of the Spirit in their lives. Many just turn away from the Lord altogether, or their life becomes a series of statements about how “I love Jesus, but (insert your favorite sin here.)” This is what makes the “Bridge of Reckoning” so important to our journey of faith. When the Holy Spirit brings us to a truth, we must decide what that means for our life. In our Hall of Faith, Hebrews 11, our faith-heroes heard God, and then they had to bridge the gap of obedience. How would this affect the choices they made in their lives from now on? Knowing what God said was not enough. A choice had to be made in order to obey. Meditating on God’s Word is our key to unlocking that bridge.
Meditation is the activity of calling to mind, and thinking over, and dwelling on, and applying to oneself the various things that one knows about the works and ways and purposes and promises of God. It is an activity of holy thought, consciously performed in the presence of God, under the eye of God, by the help of God, as a means of communion with God. Packer, Knowing God
Taking the truth we studied last week about our Resurrection Life with God, I’m spending some time meditating on how they relate to who God is, and how that changes my life. If you’d like to consider these for yourself, I linked the printable chart that I’m using. This is just a helpful tool to the way I like to study, but I know everyone has a different way of meditating on God’s Word. Drop me a line and let me know what works best for you! Until then, my friends, keep calm and carry on!