Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Why Study the Bible?

As I mentioned in a post the other day, for some people God's word is like cough syrup. It's not something you really enjoy, in fact it's really hard to take sometimes yet you know you need it to get better. For some it's like eating Kale. It's kind of bland, but you know it's nourishing.  For other folks it's like candy -- you simply can't get enough of it -- you crave it.

There are lots of excuses for not being in the Bible every day:
  • We have a lack of motivation: We are tired, we are drained from the stresses of everyday life.
  • Our priorities are out of order: We have so much going on, we don't have time to sit down and study.
  • We lack technique: We just don't know how to study the Bible.
  • We are preoccupied with other things: We just have so much going on, we don't get around to it.
We read in Hebrews:
We have a great deal to say about this, and it’s difficult to explain, since you have become too lazy to understand. Although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the basic principles of God’s revelation again. You need milk, not solid food. Now everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced with the message about righteousness, because he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature—for those whose senses have been trained to distinguish between good and evil. (Hebrews 5:11-14 HCSB)
In other words, we need to study the Bible to develop spiritual maturity. It's the only way to grow closer in our walk with God!  (1 Peter 2:2).

Paul writes in his second letter to Timothy:
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15 NASB) 
The Bible gives us the guidelines we need to follow to present ourselves to God in a manner approved by Him.
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2 NASB)
 As Christians, we should be constantly asking ourselves:
  1. Is the Lord well pleased?
  2. Is the work well done?
  3. Is the Word well used?
Again, Paul writes to Timothy:
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NASB)
And also to the Ephesians:
And He personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into a mature man with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness. Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit. But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head—Christ. From Him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part. (Ephesians 4:11-16 HCSB)

The overall purpose is so that we may be well equipped for God's work. Bible study is a necessary means of being able to serve Christ. We have to do more than just read the Bible. We must develop skills to study the Bible and make it mean something in our lives!

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