Bible study profits you nothing unless it changes your life by pointing you to Jesus and conforming you to his image. On this blog, we seek to help ordinary people learn to study the Bible. We want you to be like Jesus and to love him more.
To that end, here’s one final post on the topic of application. I’d like to share with you what I’ve learned through my study of Luke 2. I don’t do this to communicate that my applications are in any way perfect. I do this merely to give you an example of what it looks like to “fill in the boxes” of application. You may want to consult the worksheet as you read this post to help you see what it could look like to fill it in.
Peter Krol’s application of LUKE 2:1-21
Main Point: God sent Jesus to be born so he might save the lowly and rule them graciously. This brings him highest glory.
Inward Application: The general idea is that I’m struggling to spend time with my children these days. God has put a lot on my plate, and I’m tempted to let family time be the first thing to fall off my plate. But they are some of the “lowly ones” in my life whom I’m called to care for.
- HEAD: I must reject the lie that I have better things to do than play catch, practice memory verses, or wipe little butts. Jesus stooped down to rescue me; he wants me to do the same for the lowly ones in my family.
- HANDS: I will block out my daily schedule from 5-7pm for family time. I won’t expect to have any “personal time” until the children are in bed. In the next week, I will ask them to do stuff with me more times than they ask me to do stuff with them.
- HEART: I will put off selfishness and put on humility. I will think of my children more than myself. When a child asks me to play a game, I will think about how the Lord Jesus responds to my requests (HINT: he doesn’t make excuses to avoid having to answer me). I will ask the Lord for help to be cheerful when my plan doesn’t work out. I’ll exercise self-control when I feel disappointed or tired.
Outward Application: There’s a guy I disciple who struggles with putting himself in other people’s shoes (in contrast to Jesus, who took on our nature so he could save us). He gets stuck in his own perspective, and he loses influence with people when they feel misunderstood or ignored. This passage can help me to help him.
- HEAD: I can point out specific situations where I see people either gaining or losing trust with this person (usually I’m too lazy to take note of specific instances). I can help him to connect the dots between his actions and the consequences of those actions (increased or decreased trust). We can celebrate the victories, and look to Jesus in the failures.
- HANDS: As we discuss specific situations, I can ask “what went well, and what could you have done differently?” We can practice listening and conversation skills to help them become more natural.
- HEART: Next time we meet, I’ll ask him to label the issues with biblical terms (learning to be quick to listen and slow to speak, learning kindness and tenderheartedness, not thinking of himself too highly). As the issues come to light, we’ll consider how Jesus lowered himself for our sake, and I’ll ask what desires keep him from doing the same. In other words, why does he love his own perspective so much? What does it give him that makes it so hard to give it up?