reflect on what I am saying

Read 2 Timothy 2:1-7.

“Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.” (vs.7)

So you can quote John 3:16. And you can recite most of Psalm 23. Why you can even pray – verbatim, mind you – Matthew 6:9-13 even though you don’t know that’s the reference for “The Lord’s Prayer. But I would argue that there are few, precious few, statements in the Bible more significant than this one. This should be one that we memorize very early on in our Christian walk – perhaps the very first – and must practice until the day we die. For only when we live out this passage can we grow strong in the grace of our Lord.

“Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.” (vs.7)

This word from God was made for us to ruminate on, not merely read. I cannot repent until I reflect. To revisit God’s word – the same word from God – over and over and over again, well, this is the way the Lord gives us insight into it’s true meaning and real application for our lives.

“Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.” (vs.7)

For a resistance to reflection, God’s word bounces off hearts that are beaten down like the hard earth of a pathways. For failure to reflect, the seed cannot linger in hearts that are like rocky ground. For lack of continued reflection, God’s communication is choked silent in a heart that is flagging in perseverance. But because of reflection, God’s word is like a well-planted, well-watered seed nestled in good soil that springs forth to grow and to grow, becomingly magnificently fruitful. Reflection, therefore, is essential to your start, your security, your survival and your success.

Do you understand what you read? Reflection is the solution. Are you finding conviction to believe and to continue in believing? Reflection is what enables that to happen. Do you apply what you’re aware God is saying to you through his words in Scripture? Reflection paves the way and provides the foundation.

Heavenly Father, may I love you and respect you enough to hang on your every word, to turn your words over and over in my heart throughout the course of every day. To the end that I become an embodiment of your words, I pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.