I recently heard (via Tim Keller) that George Whitfield had the habit of ending every sermon with this phrase, “Go and learn what this means.”
It was an encouraging quote to hear as a preacher, because my frequent temptation is to feel like I have to explain it all. As if there is no work to be done by the listener, no further meditation necessary. How silly!
While reading Matthew 9 this morning, I realized where Whitfield got this from. The master teacher himself apparently thought that further reflection and meditation was necessary to understand, apply, and see transformation in our lives.
Here is an example to begin this practice with Scripture in your life ::
Matt. 9.12 But when [Jesus] heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” (ESV)