Currently I am reading through the book of Mark and paying close attention to everything pertaining to Jesus. I read slowly and prayerfully and write down observations of what stands out to me and what Jesus does. Here is a list (obviously not an exhaustive list) of some of the things I am looking for:
What names do people call Jesus? What does Jesus call Himself? What does God call Jesus? What are people's reaction/response to Jesus? Why? Who does Jesus interact with? Jesus heals many people in many ways. Note how they are different and why. What is Jesus' response to people? Does he respond in similar ways to certain groups of people? What does Jesus do privately? How does Jesus relate differently to the masses as compared to his disciples? What themes do you see repeated in the passage? Do you see Jesus talking about the same things over and over again? Why?
Then, every chapter or so, I ask myself these questions. They help me apply what I am learning into daily life.
1. What does this passage teach me about God (Jesus)?
2. How does this truth inform my view of self? Aka, What do I learn about myself because of that truth about Jesus?
3. What do I do in response? (this could be an attitude to embrace or put off, an action to take, or simply beholding God and worshipping Him for who He truly is).
Our relationship with the Lord is just that, a relationship. Time spent with Him in prayer and in His Word, the Bible, are primary ways to see that relationship grow in intimacy.
In order to give you some very practical examples of how to get started, we asked a few women to share different ways they spend time with the Lord.
This week you heard from Kristi Gholson.