I have been working on my MDiv for the past seven years. I will, God willing be done this May. Part of graduate school is reading. I should clarify, a major part of graduate school is reading. Reading is also a major part of leadership.
It seems like I am always reading something and many times it is what someone else (ie. Professors) have strongly suggested I read. So I am always reading about theology and leadership from the perspective of others. There are a couple of dangers I have really had to fight over the past several years. If we are not careful it is easy to fall into this trap because we never saw the gaping hole in front of us.
- Be careful not to read what everyone else says about Jesus and not ever read what he has to say about himself. What I mean is this, there are literally thousands of great authors and scholars who have a lot to say about the Bible. Make sure you know God’s word more than what others say about God’s word. Know God’s word inside and out. Spend more time with Him than you do reading what others say about him.
- Secondly, do not just know what God’s word says, do what it says. I think James sums it up best when he says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” NIV James 1:22 God’s word was not written simply for us to have knowledge of it, it was written for us to obey. James spends the majority of his book unpacking for believers what it looks like both knowing God’s word and living in obedience to it.
I am not in any way suggesting you not read other authors. I think it is important to read lot of authors, even those you do not agree with. It will help you grow and learn to think but do not fall into the trap, confusing what others say about God with who God is. That goes for my blog as well.
Know God’s word, above all else.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. NIV Psalm 119:105