According to Guinness world records, the Bible is the best selling book of all time. Isn’t that amazing? Especially considering how many people through out history gave their lives so we could read the word of God in our own language and in our own homes.
I think we can sometimes take the Bible for granted. I know I’m guilty of this at times. We forget how precious it is. Many countries around the world have legal or customary restrictions on the Bible. Those of us living in America are truly blessed to have such easy access to the scriptures.
But how many of us devote the time we should to studying Gods word? How many of us truly cherish this gift we’ve been given? And how many of us let our Bibles collect dust as they sit on the shelf day after day?
I’m not saying this to condemn anyone. Making time to read my Bible everyday is a constant struggle. But as the world grows darker and the love of many grows cold, we should be in the word more than ever. I believe, if we understood the importance of studying the scriptures, we would do it more often.
Why is it important to study the Bible?
1 | To recognize false doctrine
2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”. How are we to rebuke and correct, if we don’t even know what God’s word says? There’s so much false doctrine being taught today. It’s extremely unfortunate. And the reason it continues to spread is because of Biblical illiteracy. As God’s people, we need to trust His word and defend His word. And that can only happen when we actually know his word.
2 | To prepare for the future
Bible prophecy is unique. We find nothing like it in other religions. Indeed, it sets the Christian faith apart from all other religious systems. According to “The Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy”, there are 1,239 prophecies in the Old Testament and 578 prophecies in the New Testament. That’s a total of 1,817 prophecies 😮 And approximately half of those prophecies have been fulfilled. As believers we should know what the remaining prophecies say.
Bible prophecy can be hard to understand but the Book of Revelation is the only book in the Bible where it states we are blessed if we read it. Revelation 1:3 says, “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.” We should study Bible prophecy for our own knowledge and also to share with others.
Jesus himself spoke about end time events while he was on earth. The warnings Jesus gave should not be taken lightly or ignored. Jesus said “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” Luke 21:36. We should study the Bible so we know what we should “watch” for.
3 | Learn Basic rules for living
It would take me hours to list all the problems I’ve put myself through unnecessarily because I was ignorant to what the Bible had to say regarding specific issues. The Bible is full of so much practical advice. It’s amazing how a book written thousands of years ago, is filled with wisdom and knowledge that can be applied to life today.
All the self help books in the world don’t come close to the advice given to us in the scriptures. Obviously, the creator of our souls would have better advice to give than authors who are merely His creation. Look to the Bible for how to parent your children. How to have a better marriage. How to manage your money and more. The book of Proverbs is a great place to start for practical advice that can change your life.
4 | To Conform to the image of Christ
Romans 8:29 says, “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;”.
It is God’s will for every Christian to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. The definition of conform is to be like or identical. How are we to become like Christ if we don’t read his word? Now I know the Holy Spirit helps us through the process of sanctification but we also become more Christ like by reading God’s word and applying it to our lives.
5 | Renew Our Mind
Our minds were created to be easily shaped and molded. Simply put, human minds are easily influenced. If we are truly honest, we’ll admit that most of our ideology, worldviews and opinions are majorly influenced by someone or something. I didn’t realize how much of my thoughts and opinions were not my own until I began reading the scriptures. Many of them were actually influenced by celebrities I admired, books I read, TV shows I watched and music I listened too.
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect“. The more we are in the world and not in God’s word the more we will be like the world. Take time to study the Bible everyday so your mind can be renewed and transformed with truth.
So I hope this motivates you to make more time to study the Bible. I leave you with this amazing quote from Francis Chan, “Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” If you’re too busy to study the Bible than you’re to busy. Make time for the things that truly matter.