Living in the Abundance of Christ, Making a Home

Read Your Bible, Daily.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” John 15:5-8

I love a good sermon. And I’m currently really enjoying John Piper’s daily devotionals Solid Joys. I also love books with great commentary and explanations of the Bible. I’m going to reserve my opinion on “Christian” movies, and “Christian” music for now, but I know many people enjoy those too. All of these things can be, and are (for the most part) good. They are helpful, motivational and inspiring, and we need them. However, if these are the only ways that you are hearing from God then you are missing out on something huge, grand, and so vital for a Christian to be partaking in. That is reading your Bible.

Reading your Bible is a privilege and we do not appreciate it as we should.

Outside of prayer, it is one of the greatest privileges you have as a believer.

It is great to do all of those other things, but if you’re listening to sermons, reading devotionals, reading books and commentary, watching movies, or listening to music about the Bible, and not reading your Bible for yourself, then you are depending on someone else’s relationship with Christ and not your own. You are hearing their interpretations and opinions of the Bible and you don’t know if their interpretations or opinions are true or not, because you don’t know for yourself what’s actually in the Bible. You can’t hold up other people’s teaching to the Word of God, if you don’t know what’s in the Word of God. “But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.” Matthew 22:29

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16,17
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…” 2 Peter 3:18

We should want to read the Bible so that we can know God, his will for us, and so we can gain understanding, and discernment.

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

These are just a few reasons we should read our Bible. If you lack the desire to read your Bible, start asking God to give you the desire and while you’re waiting, start reading. In this post “You Want To Hear From God? Read Your Bible.”, I list some ways that have helped me make Bible reading a habit. I hope this will help and encourage you to make Bible reading your own habit.

“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Romans 15:4

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