Application by Osmosis

Ever wish your life could change without you knowing it? Like application by osmosis. Put your Bible under your pillow, and it automatically transforms your life.

But you know that’s not how it works.

Your pastor always has three alliterated points of application, and so does your devotional book . . .

What are you waiting for? Your time in the Word should be the same.

Read through the Scripture passage of the day {which you very well may never read again until next year}, and blindly search for points of application. Right?


“Be doers of the Word and not hearers only,” yes. But I can read a passage once or twice and “find application,” or I can study a passage at length, and let the application find me.

The latter is much preferred, and here’s how to do it:

  1. Soak in the Word. Spend a length of time {weeks? months?} in the passage at hand, and just think. Ask questions. Meditate. Ponder. Revel.
  2. See the Word at work. When you soak in the Word, application just happens, and that’s about as authentic as it gets.
  3. Search for Application. This, my friends, is Step #3. One. two. three. You may not get to Step #3 for weeks. Or months. And then . . . How should 21st-century Christians apply this passage? How does this passage strike me personally? In what ways do I desire to take this passage to heart and see it at work in my life? 

The application you will find in the end is not what you would have found in the beginning.

Skeptical? Try me.

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