I've been enjoying reading from Dietrich Bonhoeffer lately, and one of the things that seems to especially resonate in my reading of him is the importance of joining our time in Scripture with living in real life, as we seek to live in the will of God for us in Christ Jesus.
I believe in being much in Scripture; there is no substitute for that. At the same time Scripture, the Word of God impacts our lives in the here and now, it is down to earth, right where we live. Even though since it is God's Word, it must continue to come from him to us, impacting us in ways that are really beyond us, not surprising since it is, after all, the Word of God (yes, and Jesus is the Word of God to us as well, you might say the Word to whom God's word points).
What I want to say here is that our Scripture reading, prayer and waiting on God needs to and will, if we persist in this, impact our lives, right down to our heart's desires, thoughts, attitudes, words and actions. Bonhoeffer emphasizes being in the entire Word, reading it regularly from cover to cover. But at the same time he also taught that one should take a passage, and even a small part of it, and dwell on it for an entire week. I confined myself to a single passage at work last week, and found it a blessing for me, in fact I'm really not quite done with that passage even now.
Bonhoeffer saw that this was all to be worked out for us in life and he expressed that so well. This is not easy, and there are no cookie-cutter or formulaic ways that will insure us that we're following Christ. It's a God-thing so why should we expect to figure out exactly how or even what is going on? We must be continually open to God, seeking his will, seeking his face, desirous and eager to follow him.
How does this work out in your life? Is this becoming a passion for you?