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With All Your Heart and Mind
The Bible is primarily about God and not us. If it is true that we become what we behold, we must devote the time to learn how to dig into Scripture with our hearts and minds—learning to love God’s word and him as the author. All quotes are from Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds by Jen Wilkin.
“It has been said that we become what we behold. I believe there is nothing more transformative to our lives than beholding God in his word. After all, how can we conform to the image of a God we have not beheld?”
“The God of the Bible is too lovely to abandon for lesser pursuits.”
“Give the Lord what you can and trust that he will honor your faithfulness in the small things. Trust that the Lord knows your circumstances better than you do and that he sees your desire to learn and grow. And trust that those times are being used to mature you—to teach you that it is a privilege to be able to devote yourself to learning and studying, and to write more deeply on your heart the truths you have already learned.”
“The Bible does tell us who we are and what we should do, but it does so through the lens of who God is. The knowledge of God and the knowledge of self always go hand in hand. In fact, there can be no true knowledge of self apart from the knowledge of God. He is the only reference point that is reliable.”
“The heart cannot love what the mind does not know.”
“Just like the city of Rome, your Bible is a modern wonder inseparably linked to an ancient context. Studying with perspective, doing the hard work of digging down to the original cultural and historical framework of a text, enables you to read it the way its human author intended it to be read. Taking into account the original purpose of a book and gaining an appreciation for the literary genre or genres it utilizes enables you to begin the process of building Bible literacy in earnest.”
“A Bible-worshipper loves an object. A God-worshipper loves a person.”
“Our study of the Bible is only beneficial insofar as it increases our love for the God it proclaims. Bible study is a means to an end, not an end in and of itself. It is a means to love God more, and to live differently because we have learned to behold him better. And it is a means to become what we behold. The reciprocal love of God is a love that transforms.”
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