2 Timothy 3:16-17
“There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.”
I’ve never been one to read a ton of Christian books. I’ve read a few here and there over the years but I’ve met some people who read these kind of books more than the Bible. And I think that’s a mistake for a couple of reasons. I think it’s great when people share their walk with God, things they’ve learned, and all that, but ultimately none of these books are replacements for the Bible. They should be signs pointing to the Bible, not rivals for time spent in the Bible. What I mean is..if we read things about the Bible, but never the Bible we are getting filtered versions of it. I want the Bible to speak to me directly; not to someone else who then filters it to me so I can only see it the way they experienced it. I want to experience it. I want to form my own opinions and relationship with it and with God. I don’t want a hand-me-down. Do you?
Ultimately the Bible speaks to us in different seasons and in different ways. We need to experience it individually. We need to make sure we’re not getting a relationship with God through other people’s relationships. We need to make sure people are telling us scripture correctly as it is written in the Bible and come to a point where if something doesn’t sound right, we know that we can check it on our own.
I encourage you to read the Bible more than any other book. It’s important for us to all have our own accountability with the Bible and our own understanding. God wants individual conversations with us and unique relationships. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to settle for less.
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