Rev. Greg Haseloff – “Steps to Such Love”
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”— John 14:15
These powerful words of Jesus are a call to so much more than an obligatory response to follow Christ. This invitational statement compels followers to be re-formed by the truths Jesus has spoken.
In his book, Shaped by the Word, Dr. Robert Mullholland returns to very practical suggestions John Wesley made about how we read the Bible. In unpacking Wesley’s encouragement “to set apart a little time if you can, every morning and evening for that purpose,” the first clear advice we hear is finding regular, daily, consistent encounter with the Word. Next Dr. Mulholland interprets this “set apart…time” as unhindered time, which is a challenge to both outwardly and inwardly give your best, most focused time.
Wesley also said, “if you have leisure, read a chapter out of the Old and one out of the New Testament; if you cannot do this, take a single chapter, or a part of one.” Mulholland says this indicates working with “small units of Scripture,” meaning that our reading is for “formation, not information.”
Wesley echoes the words of John 14 by encouraging us to approach each passage “with a single eye, to know the whole will of God, and a fixed resolution to do it.” This collective wisdom of Wesley equips us in Mulholland’s words to read Scripture “formationally and relationally.”
Our love for Christ is nurtured by setting apart time, reading bites of Scripture, and focusing on knowing His will with a resolve to do it.
- Rev. Greg Haseloff, Associate Dean of Campus Ministries & Campus Chaplain