Message of Truth: 2 timothy 3:16-17
Do you ever wonder why we read the Bible? Like what’s the point? I mean, it’s a huge book, filled with smaller books, written by a bunch of guys thousands of years ago! What does it have to do with US, TODAY?
I have definitely asked myself that question more than once in my life. There were times I thought I should read the Bible just because it was something a “good Christian” does…like it was an unwritten 11th Commandment that only the really spiritual people knew about: Thou Shalt read your Bible several times a day!
Other times I was convinced I was supposed to read the Bible simply to gather knowledge and be able to win theological debates. The truth is though, neither of those reasons are what God had in mind for us.
Think about your best friend. How did that person get to be your best friend? Most of the time, we draw close to people, and grow in relationship with them, by spending time with them and learning about their life. We listen to what they have to say, we share with them about our own life, and that causes us to become good friends. When we become good friends we spend more time together; we enjoy each other. We can’t love people by NOT spending time with them…it’s the same with God.
The Bible was meant to draw us nearer to God by teaching us about His character. And when we draw nearer to God, we love Him more. And when we love him more, He is glorified. So really, the whole purpose of the Bible is…His Glory.
Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17 again. It says “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work”. So we can trust there is something for our lives TODAY in every portion of the Bible.
We can see the holiness of God by the laws He sets in place. We can read of Him leading the Israelites out of Egypt, or saving Daniel from the lion’s den, and see that He’s faithful. We can learn how loving God is by looking at the accounts of Jesus’ life, and how it was given up for our sake. All throughout the Bible are testimonies of God’s character, declarations of His love, and proof of His desire for us to KNOW Him.
When we read the Bible like we’re longing to know more about God, instead of trying to accomplish some duty on the “Good Christian” checklist, we begin to develop a deep relationship with the King of the Universe; one that will turn to abiding love, which will become a light to everyone around us.
So the next time you read your Bible try to have these things in mind, and maybe pray something like this before you even dive in:
Everything in this book is true and given by you for me to know you more. I pray that you would open my mind to understand more about you through whatever I read today, so that I might fall more in love with you. For my good and YOUR glory. Amen