(NOTE: I’m not critiquing your personal relationship with Christ because I am not the Judge, only God is. If you feel pricked, that’s the Spirit tugging on your heart. He is already tugging on mine.)
When we choose Christ to be in our lives, we are telling Him, “I will follow You. I will listen to You.”
Basically, we are making a verbal commitment with Him.
And guys, Bible reading is part of that commitment.
(NIV) Matthew 26:41, “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
We must be ready to accept the task ahead of us. We aren’t taught to be sheep ready for the slaughter, or to be consumed by wolves. We are taught to be sheep who obey the Shepherd.
For Christ to be the center of our life, He needs to be the center of our focus. We need to be diligent to Him.
Diligent– showing care and conscientiousness to one’s work.
Diligence– careful and persistent effort.
If we are not diligent to Christ, myself included, we are choosing ignorance. We may think our relationship with Him is strong. We may think we are walking the right path with Christ. But know this, Christ has said the path to Him is narrow. FEW will truly find it.
(NLT) Matthew 7:13-14, “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.”
If we do not keep our word to Christ, we make ourselves out to be liars, all the while, being blind sheep.
Take a breath. I’m not saying God isn’t gracious, merciful, and loving. We aren’t perfect. We will make mistakes, and when we confess our sins and errors to God, He will forgive us. But we can’t escape the reality of what it truly means to have a relationship with Him.
Why Reading The Bible Is Important
We Give God Our Time And Devotion- this is physical way of showing God we love Him. We want Him to guide us. We want Him to be active in our relationship with Him. It can’t just be God doing things in our life. We need to be active to Him too. It can’t be one sided.
We Grow As Believers– The bible provides so much direction and instruction in how we need to walk.
We Understand Patterns Of Fallen Believers– Oh yes, the Old Testament is a testimony of how believers failed and fell. The New Testament warns of issues believers deal with, which is a problem TO THIS DAY.
Our Eyes Are Opened To The Truth– We will know what the Bible says. We will know when we meet false prophets (believers) and teachers (pastors) in our life. We will not be led astray. We will not be a foundation made of sand.
(NIV) Luke 6:49, “But the one who hears My words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
We Will Have Roots In Christ– When we listen to Christ, our spirit will be pricked with conviction. Did you know Jesus Christ is the True Vine and we are His branches?
(NIV) John 15:01-02, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”
God prunes us so that we grow. The more we know of His truth and apply to our life, the more we seek God, we feel Him, and most importantly, become a part of Him.
We Will Not Be Shaken– We are leaky vessels. We need God daily, and we need to hear from Him daily. Scripture is an offense and defense. We know God will protect us, and have multiple scriptures to hold onto. But we also have answers to people’s questions about our faith, and relationship. We have the words to rebuke Satan, darkness, and sin.
If none of this has convinced you, please try to imagine this. We already know Jesus was known as the Teacher. Teachers want their students to be consistent in learning. Be willing to devote time to studies. Be willing to be respectful of the teacher. Listen to instruction, and then apply what he/she has been taught. Use previous lessons to be prepared for harder ones.
If we don’t read the Bible on our own time, we are leaving Christ behind. We are telling Him, “My time is more important than You.” And as I write this, I feel the Spirit convict me.
All we really need to do…is start. Have the willingness to seek God. Pray for His guidance in understanding scripture. Jesus said,
(NIV) John 16:24, “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
(NIV) Matthew 7:7-8, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
You don’t have to read an entire book or even chapter in one day. But start with something. Get a daily devotional, especially if you feel confused and uncertain. The ones I usually use are one scripture a day with an explanation of how it can apply to real life.
If we claim to love Christ, and want Him in our life, then we need to seek Him out. We need to be willing to grow. All of this is for Him. It isn’t about pleasing other people or a church.
It’s just about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. We want Him in our life.
We can’t just listen to a sermon. We can’t just go through the motions. We need to also MAKE the motions ourselves. Put forth effort for Christ. Not only has He done so much for us already, but He will continue to do so because He loves us. The time is now.
(NIV) Philippians 1:06, “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Start simple, God will help you through the complicated pieces when you arrive.
(NIV) Hebrews 5:13, “Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.”
You are not alone.
If you would like to read Genesis Pt. 1 click here
~T. R. Noble