Nach zehn Tagen den Vorsatz die Bibel zu lesen begraben?

Die ersten Tage des neuen Jahres sind vorbei, Vorsätze schon wieder Schnee von gestern. Ich bekam von The Talk Company einen lesenwerten Flyer über das Thema in die Hände:

  1. Was ich wirklich erreichen möchte: Ich frage mich nicht, was ich ändern sollte, sondern was ich wirklich erreichen möchte.
  2. Wie ich zum Ziel komme: Ich mache aus dem Vorsatz für mich ein attraktives Ziel.
  3. Wich ich davon profitiere: Wenn ich glasklar weiss, was mir das Ziel bringt, bin ich motivierter, es zu erreichen.
  4. Wie ich mir das Gute Gelingen ausmale: Wenn ich im Geiste ausmale, wie ich mein Ziel erreiche, schaffe ich es noch eher. Der Erfolg beginnt im Kopf.
  5. Wie ich motiviert dran bleibe: Ich feiere und geniesse jeden Teilerfolg. Nach den ersten 21 Tagen ziehe ich Bilanz.

In Bezug auf das Lesen der Bibel meint John Piper:

I have a burden for my people right now, just like I do for myself, that we get beyond propositions and Bible verses to Christ. I do not mean “get around” Bible verses, but “through” Bible verses to Christ, to the person, the living person, to know Him, cherish Him, treasure Him, enjoy Him, trust Him, be at home with Him. I want to count Him more to be desired than all other things — wife, husband, children, success in career, leisure, vacations, health, food, sex, money. He’s more precious.

Das ist für mich ein wahrlich attraktives Ziel. Wie es aussieht, beschreibt er so:

When we seek to enjoy communion with the Lord — and not to be led astray by the ambiguities of religious experience — we read the Bible. From Genesis to Revelation, God’s words and God’s deeds reveal God himself for our knowledge and our enjoyment. Of course, it is possible to read the Bible without enjoying communion with God. We must seek to understand the Bible’s meaning, and we must pause to contemplate what we understand and, by the Spirit, to feel and express the appropriate response of the heart.

God communicates with us in many ways through the Bible and seeks the response of our communion with him.

  • If God indicts us (2 Cor. 7:8–10), we respond to him with sorrow and repentance.
  • If he commends us (Ps. 18:19–20), we respond to him with humble gratitude and joy.
  • If he commands us to do something (Matt. 28:19–20), we look to him for strength and resolve to obey with his help.
  • If he makes a promise (Heb. 13:5–6), we marvel at his grace and trust him to do what he says.
  • If he warns us of some danger (Luke 21:34), we take him seriously and watch with a thankful sense of his presence and protection.
  • If he describes something about himself (Isa. 46:9–11), his Son (Mark 1:11), or his Holy Spirit (John 16:13–14), we affirm it and admire it and pray for clearer eyes to see and enjoy his greatness and beauty.
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