by Arnie Cole & Michael Ross
"While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, 'Take and eat; this is my body.' Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, 'Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.'" Matthew 26:26-29, NIV
Break bread through God's Word. Bible engagement is an essential way in which God communicates with us. Without scripture, we wouldn't know (1) what God is like, (2) His plan for us, (3) how much He loves us, (4) the right way to live, or (5) anything about what will happen to us after we die. To grow in grace, we have to do more than casually read scripture. We need to feed on it, digest it.
Here's how Eugene Peterson, author of The Message, explains Bible engagement: "Reading is an immense gift, but only if the words are assimilated, taken into the soul--eaten, chewed, gnawed, received in unhurried delight. Words of men and women long dead, or separated by miles and/or years, come off the page and enter our lives freshly and precisely, conveying truth and beauty and goodness, words that God's Spirit has used and uses to breathe life into our souls."
Excerpt from Growing in Christ. If you enjoyed today's devotional, check out more from goTandem Books.