I’m afraid that this is too true a statement and hits close to home. I admit to spending lots of time in the Bible looking for information to change others. When you preach you are conscious of the needs of the congregation and so much of your time is spent studying for the lessons you are bringing each week. Early in my ministry I was preaching twice on Sunday, teaching a class on Sunday morning and Wednesday night as well as a Ladies’ Bible class during the week. In addition to that I had to compose a bulletin to hand out on Sunday morning. Add in visiting the sick, the widows and widowers, the shut-ins and meeting with the elders and I had a pretty full week. Oh, I forgot the nights studying the Bible with a seeker in their home.
When did I have time for personal study for transformation? It was hard to come by and often was neglected. I wish a wiser person had pulled me aside and said you have to take time to grow yourself. That that happened is a work of God as far as I am concerned.
I now wish to offer some wise advice base on the above quote by D. L. Moody, a teacher of the word. Preachers, teachers, parents and all other Christians take time out of your busy life and do personal growth study. Take a class, read the word and books about the word, listen to sermons on line, read blogs and ask your self a lot of questions about how your life is measuring up to what you are learning. Don’t be afraid to change your thinking. Let the Holy Spirit have his way in your life as you feed on the word. Leave the milk and seek the meat of the word.
Be open to change of heart, change of mind and change of behavior. All will happen if you seek the word of transformation. Let your prayer be, “Make me like you, Jesus, change me from the person I am to the person you want me to be.” Because we are not used to calling on the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives we miss the change He can make in us through the written word.
Remember the song, “More and more like Jesus”? That’s our goal. That’s our purpose. But, it won’t happen with a life that is seeking just information on the how and not the power of the doing. “Be you transformed by the renewing of your mind,” is not an empty statement. Paul meant that we should do it. You renew your mind with the word of God. Let it speak to you for yourself and not just to teach others.