I’ve been mulling over the whole concept of discipleship over the last few weeks in between doing a boat load of grad school work and taking care of a kid. Over this time I have heard Mike Donehey of Tenth Avenue North talk about their song You Are More. He mentions that reading the Bible should be done for change not just to finish the book. It is something he realized about being a follower of Christ. It got me thinking that part of true discipleship means reading the Bible for change not just to finish the book. I know that is something I struggle with. OK, so I struggle with reading the Bible for any reason…and it’s not that I don’t have a deep seeded desire to do so. Change is hard so reading the Bible for the purpose of changing can be hard. But in the long run, it’ll be worth it. God can use us better if we are willing to change. Being a disciple of Jesus means in part a willingness to allow God to change us into what He wants us to be so He can use us most effectively. Reading the Bible to change what does not align with God is an act of worship which we has His followers are instructed to do.
So what do you need to change as a follower of Jesus to be better used by Him to bring glory to God? Think about it, mull it over, be willing to change as hard as that may be. The first step is the hardest and each subsequent step gets a little easier than the one before it.