Last Sunday, during our sermon series called “Follow Me,” we talked about how we cannot call ourselves followers of Jesus unless we are in The Word daily. You can listen to the sermon here. Just know that it is not a guilt-driven sermon! It’s not about feeling guilty for not reading your bible; IT IS ABOUT knowing how and why to read your bible!
Here are 6 reasons why it is so important for Christians to read their bibles everyday…
- The Bible tells us who God is.This is the amazing thing about The Bible… We don’t have to try to discover who God is in the same way that we try to discover new planets. He has already told us who He is through His Word. This means, we don’t get to form an opinion on who He is. God is who He says He is! And don’t just trust me, read it for yourself! You will be BLOWN AWAY that this God exists and wants to be in a relationship with you!
The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and His mercy is over all that He has made. – Psalm 145:8
- The Bible tells us about ourselves.
When we read the Bible, we also get a picture of what this world we live in was supposed to be like in the beginning. We see the whole story of how sin entered the world and broke the beauty of creation. We even see the end of this world, where all things will pass away and God will make a new Heaven and a new earth for us to live in with Him forever! We learn about how we were created in God’s image but the disobedience to God in our hearts and this world have drawn us away from The Lord. When we read the Bible daily, we are reminded just what God can do for us – save us!!
So God created man in His own image, in the image of God, He created him; male and female, He created them. – Genesis 1:27
- The Bible helps us know God’s will.
Before the Bible was written, God spoke to man in many supernatural ways… through angels, through burning bushes, through the clouds, heck, He even spoke through a donkey! Now, God speaks through His Word! He will never tell you to do something that contradicts what is in The Bible. I hear people ALL THE TIME who want to know what God’s will is… Who should I marry? Where should I go to school? Where should I live? What should I do with my life? Etc. God will tell you through His Word. Dig in!
Rejoice always! Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
- The Bible helps our relationship with God.
The Bible (and The Gospel for that matter!) are all about a relationship! It’s about how God wants to be intimate and known by His people. If Christians are constantly praying and asking God to do stuff but never sitting down to listen to Him through His Word, then it’s not a relationship, it’s a dictatorship and you are the dictator! Every time a Christian opens up the Bible, their relationship with God gets stronger!!! Remember – The goal of reading the Bible is not information, it’s transformation!
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 complete, equipped for eery good work. – 1 Timothy 3:16-17
- The Bible glorifies Jesus Christ.
The answer to everything really is JESUS! Fortunately, the Bible does not leave it up for debate on who Jesus Christ is. We are reminded and our faith is strengthened every time we open God’s Word that Jesus is the Son of God and He is ALIVE! The Bible cannot be used as a fortune cookie or book of history, stories, inspiration or wisdom. It must be seen as a book that holds Jesus Christ on the tallest pedestal as the hope for our lives and this world!
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to The Father except through Me.” – John 14:6
- The Bible sends us out on mission.
When we read the Bible, we see that those who practice radical faith in God are the ones who get the attention of the world. Christians are sent people. Sent where? To all the nations, among every type of person, to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, practice good works, and preach that The Kingdom of God has come through Jesus Christ!
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth. – Acts 1:8