I am not certain if this is the right time to pause and invite you to reflect with me, but I am going to write it anyway…
One of the main objectives of BrokenMindset is that, by using the wisdom from God’s word, it could shatter mindsets about work, leadership and relationships (and everything in between). Indeed, His words are overflowing with thought-provoking, mindset-breaking, truths on how we should be looking at life everyday. But, this invitation for a mid-year pause is not about that- nor is it about the lessons we get from books and brilliant minds, among other sources.
This pause is for us to revisit once again the REAL reason why we’re reading His words.
Here are some questions that I began to ask myself- which I invite you to ask yourselves too.
Am I reading His words ONLY because I want to add up to my credibility in doing “spiritual” debates? Am I consumed in looking for scientific proofs for biblical events in history, in the intent of defending the Christian faith? Noble things to do, I could, as a matter of fact prove myself right and prove others wrong in the process. But is it changing the way I live my life?
Am I reading His words because I want good advice, or a dose of motivation to make me or others become a more moral person? The bible is full of teachings about morality; laws actually were written all over it. Proverbs and timeless wisdom can be uncovered in it. A good way to better our personality- truth is, it might actually work…but for how long? Words, even words of wisdom and morality, are just words. They are things. Dead things. Dead things cannot bring life to you and in return couldn’t change you- at least not the REAL change.
What do we call these things then? The wisdom, the lessons, the knowledge, motivations, advices and everything else? These are good things. The apostle Paul, knew all of these things and probably has applied it more than any of us today.He was talking about having confidence in his own good works and achievements as a true Jewish pharisee. But, look how he regarded it:
Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ (Philippians 3:8 NLT)
Apart from Christ, the bible is a closed book. Read it with him at the center, it is the greatest story ever told. – Michael Horton
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