Why I Read the Bible :- Intentional Bible Reading
Why I Read the Bible
This was a quote I read on a non-christian website some 5-6 years ago and it cut deep through my heart. I was a card-carrying member of the ‘Bible illiterates’. I was a Christian before I read that quote, yet I was guilty as charged.
Some Christians rarely read their Bible, or only get to read it in Church on Sundays.
Some read professional textbooks, research journals, novels, news and other things readable much more than we read the Bible. They don’t seem to place much value on God’s word or their Christian lives, so they don’t attach any importance to reading their Bible as with other books.
Some read out of obligation or duty, to readily answer anyone who cares to ask them if they’ve read their Bible, to tick off their To-do list and feel good about themselves; therefore not getting much out of it.
Meanwhile, others don’t even have a reason for reading the Bible at all.. they just read.
You see, I know this because in the many phases of my spiritual growth I have lasted a year or two in each of those categories.
I believe the very familiar saying: “When the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse is inevitable” also applies to this subject. Because, if we don’t really take time to analyze or stop to think about why we are actually reading the Bible, we won’t pursue it with much passion and enthusiasm as we should, and we run the risk of abusing such opportunity or reading it for all the wrong reasons.
As much as other things in our lives, we have to be intentional with Bible reading. It is important to know why we are reading the Bible and intentionally make out time to do so.
We have to decide to make God’s word a priority in our lives.
I began to commit wholeheartedly to reading and studying the Bible the day I understood and found reasons why I needed to read it.
So, I ask you, do you really understand why it is important for you to read your Bible?
Why do you read the Bible?
Can’t think of any reason right now?
Don’t worry! You can start off with mine.
Why I read the Bible, and why you should…
- I believe God has a message (a word) for me each day, He communicates it in many different ways basically through His word and seeks the response of my communion with Him, e.g:
2. If something is important to me, I always find a way somehow to do it or make time for it (no matter how it turns out). My spiritual life and growth is important, my relationship with God and those He has placed in my life is important, the comfort and encouragement we are commanded to give others is important.. so I read the Bible.
3. There’s so much happening in the world today that has a high potential of eating into my spiritual life; The Word of God guards my heart from them, and is the only place I find hope, comfort, encouragement, Joy and true peace.
God’s word feeds my prayers, and my praise, and is one way I get to spend time with Him.
4. Fellowshipping with other brothers and sisters becomes stronger and better– as we share lessons, teach, advice, caution and lovingly rebuke each other; as we sharpen and encourage one another with God’s word.
5. The Bible is my instruction manual, love letters from my loving Father– that reminds me daily of His love (no matter how bad I get), affirms me, teaches, instructs, rebukes, caution and help me to live as a Christian and walk according to His calling for my life.
6. The Bible tells stories I can readily relate to, reminding me daily that I’m not alone in my struggles and pursuit of happiness.
7. The Word of God is the ‘Sword of the Spirit‘- my sure never-failing, never-disappointing weapon against the enemy.
8. The Bible is an all time bestseller, the most reliable book anyone can ever read. It never fails. Because God never fails. He is truth. We can rest safely and rely wholly on it. When I’m tired of reading and hearing all the falsehood and insanity carried by the media, preached by some, – I turn to God’s Word. Because it is the ‘Truth’ and the answer we all seek.
9. I read the Bible because I seek to be led daily by God and enjoy my relationship with Him as I learn everyday about Him.
10. God’s word feeds my prayers, and my praise, and is one way I get to spend time with Him
As many reasons as we can make for not reading your Bible, there are 10 and more reasons why you should actually read the Bible.
We simply cannot grow in faith without the word. We are gently commanded by God to read the Bible.
So I am inviting you to take and honest look at yourself.
First, if you do not have a relationship with God, NOW is the time to do so. and I urge you to accept Gods love and gift of salvation. Cos it pays to serve Jesus. I’m praying for you!
Why do you read the Bible– if and when you do?
If you don’t, why don’t you?