How Do We Apply Scripture to Our Daily Life?
Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs sing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16. NASB.
As you read Colossians 3:16, do you wonder, “How do I make this part of Scripture relevant today?” When reading the Bible, it becomes relevant through the practice of application.
This verse has three specific applications of Christ’s word dwelling in our life today. The first two aspects are joined: teaching and admonition. Christ’s words instruct us, which is teaching. At the same time Christ’s can show us where we have gone wrong. His word gives us guidance on how to correct mistakes in what we believe and what we do.
What is Bible Application?
Bible application is the response and action which follows our hearing the word of Christ.
In Luke 10:37 the statement, …”Go and do the same” (NASB) is comprised of two parts – an internal response and an external response.
We have an internal response with a heartfelt wish and intellectual decision to act on Christ’s word: our external action is the fulfillment of that wish with the decision.
Without both responses the response-and-action equation does not fill application.
The “Go and do the same” calls us to change ourselves and help change others to live in accord with Christ’s love, grace and peace.
Why Does Application Matter?
Like so many other topics Bible Study requires correct interpretation.
Not knowing the true meaning of the Scripture verse or passage leads to misapplying the message.
When we understand what the authors of Scripture meant in a passage and interpret the meaning of that passage we find only one true meaning, not multiple meanings – we can seek to learn the multiple application of a passage.
For example, Ephesians 4:15; “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, the head, even Christ.” How does this passage relate to our lives today?
To speak the truth in love is how Christians are to communicate with those who believe and those who do not believe in God. Christians are called to live in harmony with one another. We are told to deal with nonbelievers being ready at all times to “But give honor to Christ in your hearts as your Lord; and be ready when you are questioned about the hope in you, to give an answer in the fear of the Lord and without pride.”
Take care as we apply Scripture, not to confuse applications with interpretations leading misjudging or imposing unnecessary rules on others.
Applying Biblical Truths to Our Daily Living
After reading (observation) scripture and gaining a correct interpretation the process of applying scripture to our lives begins.
Here are a few steps to help to apply biblical truths to our daily life.
- Prepare your heart and mind to respond to interpreting a passage, asking for guidance from the Holy Spirit.
- Meditate on the interpretation of our own circumstance.
- Ask “How does the interpretation of this passage direct my behavior?”
- Write a simple action statement describing a plan of action or store it on your phone so you can refer to it in your quiet time of prayer.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to help us remember and practice the process of application daily in our time of reading the Bible.
Be patient, sometimes applying Scripture in the fullest sense does not occur at once, most often the change comes through the daily events of our life gradually.
As we apply the truths of the Bible to our daily lives, we discover that God creates in us the character of Christ and a wish to help change the world.
Don’t Forget Your Mission
Bible study isn’t to just understand the Bible and have fellowship with other Christians. The primary purpose Bible Study is spread the gospel and make disciples.
Go into the world and share the Good News of Jesus. And when they respond to Jesus in faith, teach them how to live it out. There are people that are in regular Bible study that never share their faith. They are like the fisherman who attend seminars week after week learning how to fish but never go fishing.
It is time to GO FISHING.
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