Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
It’s not enough to just hear the Word. Showing up to listen to a sermon each Sunday is only the beginning of Bible study because you can never get everything you need from a one hour (or less) message.
So while you listen, take notes. Write down the things that strike you, the passages that grab your attention. Throughout the week, take another look at what was taught. Take the time to actually think about the Scripture and the application you can make into your own life. How can you live out this message?
This is so important because merely hearing something does not mean it’s going to stick. Understanding begins with hearing, but it’s got to be meaningful beyond the moment you hear it. God’s Word is so powerful it’s for all times. In any and every circumstance you face, it’s good to think about what God has to say. Move beyond hearing and begin thinking, pondering. Take the time to meditate on all God has revealed of himself.
Look for this and other devotions like it in Matt’s newest Devotions for Disciples book, available soon!