Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sunday Musings: My Heart -Christ's Home (The Study)

This past week in the My Heart - Christ's Home Bible study I'm leading, we discussed the first room in our heart: The Study. The Study is our mind, the control center of our heart, and is filled with thoughts and images, just as the study in our home might be filled with books on shelves and portraits or art work on the walls.

We discussed the thoughts that crowd our minds at times, and I brought a visual to help us see what some of these thoughts might look like on a bookshelf. In this case, I covered several books with paper bags and gave them titles that reflect our thoughts. There's also a Bible in the mix to represent the scriptures that we've learned and are a part of our thoughts.

However, John 10:10 tells us that Jesus came that we would have life more abundantly, so I uncovered the books to reveal ideas that would enable us to have a more abundant life in Christ. For each example, I also gave a scripture to reinforce the illustration. For example, in Matthew 18:3, Jesus says, Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. I uncovered a Children's Bible to remind us that we are children of the Lord and can go to him with our needs and worries, just as little children go to their parents for their needs and security.

I also filled in one section of the heart I shared last week (using supplies I have on hand) to represent the study. I added books around the edges.

I also "tacked up" a "photo" of Jesus in a central place to remind me that when negative or worrisome thoughts enter my mind, I should stop and center my thoughts on Him.
 
... take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5

2 comments:

Beverly said...

I am just catching up on responding to comments and blog reading. I asked in your response to last Monday's "hello monday" post what you were studying and here is the answer. Sounds like an interesting one.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Hey Melissa,
I'm doing a catch up, but this post stopped me in my tracks. It's so lovely and reassuring. Thanks for posting. I love when bloggers share their faith.
Rinda