I remember reading sometime in the past about how the Puritans (a bad word, I know, but that tradition in spite of its problems is maligned and misunderstood) oozed out Scripture in what they said and in how they thought (I add and my paraphrase). Back in the time of their hay-day they may have not been occupied with much more than their Bibles and John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. We have more Bibles now than ever. But it seems like Christians know their Bibles less than ever before.
We need to learn more and more to think Biblically. When I say that, I don't mean only picking apart one verse. I also mean seeing that verse in light of the entire story of God found in Genesis through Revelation. We must understand the beginning of this story to appreciate the ending. And we must see how the story gets there as well as our place in the story.
Thinking Biblically involves finding our identity in the Story. Yesterday at Jesus Creed there was an interesting post and discussion on who "clergy" and "laypeople" identify with when they read Scripture, particularly in the gospels. In this Story we can find our own story and learn to understand our identity, who we are and what we can become in Christ.
I think it's important in reading Scripture to seek to identify with the people in the Story such as Peter and John, Jesus's mother Mary, Zacchaeus, the rich young ruler, etc., etc. Though we may not be able to step in their shoes, so to speak, we surely can see something of ourselves in their words and actions. We're capable of participating in the great goodness of God, but we're also capable of participating in the great evil of fallen humanity. And in Christ we should be more and more seeking to identify with him. Remember, Christ himself identified fully with us and because of that can fully empathize with our struggles against sin and with all our humanity.
If we're not thinking Biblically then by default our thinking is worldly in the sense of a fallen world. And how we think directly impacts how we live.
Let's ask God to help us find our place in is great ongoing Story. And let's open our Bibles daily to that end, as we continue on in the experience of our lives.
Any thoughts here? How do you work at thinking Biblically, or what might this mean for you?