How do you grow in your love for God? Sure, love Him with your heart, soul, and strength, but what about loving Him with your mind?
It’s more than simple mental assent, to know the facts about Jesus, to understand the basics, to hold dear the concepts of the essential and even non-essential doctrines. But is this love? Hardly. Studying without heartfelt application is an academic exercise, not much different than the Pharisees of Jesus’ day or those that Paul explains in Rom 1 who “suppress the truth in their unrighteousness.”
There is a sense, however, of knowing and doing God’s will. Romans 12:2 (ESV) says,
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
We love God by being transformed by what we know of God to understand the perfect will of God. This means that bible study is to be applied for His Kingdom’s sake. We grow to show ourselves approved to Christ. We do this as a daily sacrifice to glorify Him.
So read the Word, study it, devour it in fact, and always apply this not for the sake of knowledge, but for a greater glory in Christ.
Until next time,