For many, discipleship is more about what you know than it is about what you love. James K.A. Smith, in his excellent book, You Are What You Love, challenges the assumption that drives this cognition-as-belief model of discipleship.
Smith suggests that “Discipleship is a way to curate your heart, to be attentive to and intentional about what you love.”
He argues, quite persuasively, that discipleship is an issue of what we love more than it is one of what we know.
The Bible is a living, breathing document designed to bring life to the heart and soul of its reader!
The writer of Hebrews makes a most powerful proclamation in this regard when he says, in Hebrews 4:12 – 13,
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”
Indeed, no creature is hidden from His sight! This stout proclamation alone ought to inform any serious reader of the Word of God.
Yet, so often, we approach the Word of God in such haphazard, low regard manners.
‘This is alphabet soup, Mom. I don’t use the alphabet in the summer.’
We are not born readers. If we were, then focusing on how we read would be unnecessary.
The art of reading well is one that has to be developed over time. It’s not native, or instinctive, by a longshot.
Reading is a learned art or skill.
If you doubt what I am saying, then you’ve never raised a child.
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