I have had a tendency to want to read books about the Bible, or devotionals with a verse and someone else’s commentary. They are easy! Why wouldn’t I be drawn to that? I’m a busy mother of 4 boys who teaches full time on the side. I need someone else to do the study and the thinking for me. I don’t have time to sit down and read the actual BIBLE. The idea is, you do the reading, the studying, the learning…and then share the high points with me.

Last summer, over my break from school, I began to use my time off to do some more in depth study of the Bible. I still used commentary, but I spent more time than I had in the past reading the actual Word. I began to pray before I read, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit. And God has used this to grow my faith. He has begun doing some amazing things in my life, and I am incredibly grateful, and humbled!

Today I read a passage in the book of John. I am not going to quote the whole thing here, so you will need to look it up, so be prepared:-) In John 6:48-59, Jesus tells a group of people that they need to eat the bread of his flesh, and drink the life of his blood in order to have real life. There were some in the crowd who questioned what Jesus was saying. Quite honestly, if I were in that crowd and heard Jesus speak that way, I would have thought he was nuts…and pretty gory. But Jesus insisted that he was not like the bread that their ancestors ate. (I would think not!) What was the message behind the zomie-body-eating-gruesome message?

Let’s make some connections. In John 1:5, the author says this, “In the beginning there was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were made by him, and nothing was made without him. In him there was life, and that life was the light of all people. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overpowered it.” Jesus is the Word of God. The Scriptures are also called the Word of God. Coincidence? Of course not!!! Was Jesus really suggesting that we eat his flesh? Or the pages of the Bible? No! He was telling us that we need to read the Word as though we are devouring it. Take it in, feed on it, completely ingest it into our very beings. But there is more.

Jump to Romans 12:2. “Do not change yourselves to be like the people of this world, but be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect.” Be changed. That is not you doing the changing. You don’t “be changed.” Someone does the changing for you. That someone is the Holy Spirit of God. When you feed on the Word of God, and submit what you ingest to the work of the Spirit of God, He uses it to nourish you, grow you, change you.

The more you feed on the Scriptures and allow yourself to be changed, the more you will find yourself craving the Word. It is like a chocolate addiction! Once you have experienced it, you can’t get enough:-) So bon apatite!