“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.” – Theodore Roosevelt.
Most sports have evolved over the years. Feats that seemed unreachable a few decades ago are routine today. For example, golf. Players are hitting wedges into 520-yard par-4s routinely today which is proof that the game has changed since the days of persimmon drivers and balata balls. It would be hard to pinpoint one single thing or event that has led to the significant differences in today’s golf game, but the changes in the balls, the drivers, the shafts, and the physical fitness of the golfers themselves, have resulted in a game that is much different than it was just 20 years ago. For better or worse the game is forever changed.
Jesus Christ is the ultimate game-changer. Many of the values which society holds as essential for a positive community and which allow people to flourish, find their foundational roots in the life and teaching of Jesus. We become so familiar with our cultural norms that we forget how much the impact of the teachings of Jesus has had on so many areas of our lives. Only One can change the world itself–the One who has power over sin and death. And the Bible is our source to learn more about Him.
You can never just read the Bible. We should want and need more. Whether you read your Bible before dawn, over mid-morning coffee, or at the dinner table with family, we need to read and listen to what God is telling us. The Bible is one of the greatest tools we have at our disposal to grow closer to God. The more we want to know about Jesus the more we need to read His word.
Something happens when we study and absorb the Bible rather than just view it as a daily chore. The Bible becomes a source of comfort and understanding. Suddenly, we are reading verses that speak to our circumstances, to our concerns and problems. So instead of going through the motions, we read with questions, meditate on verses that stick out, write notes and look up cross-references. The more time spent studying, the easier it is to realize and experience the very real power of God’s Word to transform, comfort, and provide real wisdom for real life.
Maybe you’re a new work-in-progress believer who is just starting to study the Bible. Maybe you have been a Christian for some time but the busyness of life keeps you from studying the Bible as much as you like. Or maybe you are somebody who does read the Bible but wishes that you knew the Bible better. The more you invest your time and energy into studying the Word, the more you’ll experience the abundant Christian life that God has planned for you.
The power in God’s Word is life-changing when we believe it and are willing to study and follow what we read daily. Treat it like you would any other text that you are going to be studying. Get serious about it this life-changing resource for every Christian and it will be a game-changer.
- Do you have a process/system for studying the Bible? Does it work for you?
- What can we do this week to improve our study habits?