First of all, we do need to continually hear this word. If we had perfect memories, there might not be the need to do so. Realizing that we do have lapses in memory, it is necessary for us to be continual students of God's word. This word is not just to inform us, but is meant to shape us in our living.
Here is the power of this word as found in the book of Hebrews: "Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart." Hebrews 4:12
This word from God is to get deep inside us. As it does so, it will convict us; it will transform us. In fact, several persons (Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and John in Revelation) in the Bible "ate" the scroll. God's word is to get digested into our very being.
Then, too, we are to partake of Holy Communion on a regular basis. We continually need this food for our souls. We get connected to Jesus and are assured of the forgiveness of our sins. What a blessing we have from this sacrament of the church!
Discipleship Questions for Reflection
Do you study the word of God on a regular basis? If so, how might it be different from reading a novel? How might one prepare for reading the Bible?
What do you see as the many benefits coming from receiving the Sacrament of Holy Communion? What is your takeaway as you leave church?