Pursuing Christ Intentionally

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In the midst of the Covid Pandemic I found something beautiful. I found the word of God. As someone who has been a believer for most part of my life, I have always been keen on reading the Bible. However, I found out recently that I did not always reflect upon reading it. I would read the Bible a lot , but never meditated and reflected on my actions keenly as a follower of Christ (Even if I did, I would easily forget immediately or after few days). After Covid 19, I had to find a suitable way to connect with God considering I could not go to church anymore. This led me to studying the Bible more intently than I did before. With more studying and reflection, I questioned myself as a believer because I felt I was lacking in several areas. It was literally a growth moment as a Christian. Studying the Pauline epistles has particularly been eye opening because they provide insight in beliefs, controversies and Christian ethics.

Sometimes I read the Pauline epistles and my reaction is “Yaani even this is a sin?”.

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As a Christian and someone who has always ministered through singing, I have discovered that knowing God is beyond just reading the Bible , praying, attending church, helping the needy and being kind. You could be doing all these things but still not know who you are serving. You have to know the God you serve. Knowing God is reading his word, reflecting, and meditating on it and finally ensuring that your actions reflect what you are doing. This made me to not depend purely on the word I receive from people(pastors and other believers), but to also seek the kingdom of God in my own way. By this I mean that we need to personally and intentionally pursue Christ in our own way.

From my personal experience of pursuing Christ through His Word, there are some few tips I can share;

  1. Read the word of God – Don’t wait for your church pastor or online pastors to read and summarize Bible notes for you, create time to read the Bible.
  2. Create a plan to read the Bible – For instance, I started with the Pauline epistles (I find them deep) and on the side I would read other books that I found easy to digest.
  3. Find a Bible that you understand and if possible get a study Bible – I use the NIV study Bible and it works really well for me.
  4. Find someone to share what you read – this makes you accountable and also helps you share the word of God at the same time.
  5. Journal what you read and use that to pray, meditate, and reflect on the areas you could change in your life.
  6. Write down what you don’t understand when studying the Bible (it happens) and ask your church pastor to explain further.
  7. In case your consistency is not good, don’t give up when you lose track and instead continue from where you stopped.

I want you to know that we are called to be doers of the word of God. In James 1:22- 25 “22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do”. So, let us strive to intently read and do what pleases God.

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