The Bible is also called The Word of God. That fact alone tells us the importance of the book. People have died sharing it, and nations have tried keeping it from their people. But regardless of opposition, The Bible continues to be the best-selling book of all time. That truth tells us that there is something about the Book that is nothing compared to other books. Continue to read as I share 7 reasons why reading The Bible is important.
7 reasons why Reading The Bible is Important
The Bible is also called The Word of God. That fact alone tells us the importance of the book.
Let’s pretend that there is a great treasure to be found and you have the treasure map. What would you do?
My guess is that you would spend hours every day looking at the map for details and clues. Soon, you would know that map like the back of your hand and could recall details of it anywhere you went.
The Bible is like a large treasure map. It holds the details of life, death and the secret to living eternally.
But The Bible isn’t just about that, it’s so much more!
1. The Bible shows us God’s character
I don’t have the privilege to say that I met Jesus when He walked on earth. I wasn’t able to follow Him as He travelled from town to town. But, what I do have, is God’s word.
The Bible says that Jesus is the word of God- meaning that The Bible reflects God Himself.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was madeJohn 1:1-3, 14
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Since I can’t go back in time- to know God more, I can read The Bible. The Bible tells us about how God created the world, how He saved the nation of Israel and most importantly- it tells me of how He came to save us.
Through scripture, we see How God makes promises and keeps them. We learn that God has a bigger plan- even when we can’t see it. We see how faithful God is, how powerful He is and so much more.
If we want to know God more, He is on every page of The Bible. All we need to do is read it.
2. The Bible contains a life-changing message
Not only does The Bible reveal to us parts of God’s character, it also gives us a life-changing message.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death;
This verse tells us that the penalty for sin is death.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Meaning that every single human on earth has sinned. Since we have all sinned, each of us deserves to die.
This is not a popular message, but it’s what we find in The Bible.
This truth is bad news. Thankfully- it doesn’t stop there. I only read part of the verse- there’s more
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Bible tells us of our penalty, but also about our way out. Jesus came to earth to pay for our debt- He took our punishment by dying on the cross for us.
This is a life-changing message. In a moment, we go from being convicted of death to being freed by accepting The Lord’s sacrifice.
3. The Bible reveals the Truth
Some people believe that truth is relative. But, using the same logic used in that statement- would mean the statement may not be true.
Try to wrap your head around that one. When I was in university I took a lot of philosophy- enough to make my head spin.
The one thing I walked away with was this- many people think they have found the truth and can explain the whole world. Only to then be disproven or be taken over by the new next idea.
We all want to know what the truth is. The word of God tells us that God is truth and that we can find truth in Him.
1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.
This statement summarises the Bible- God is true, and He is the true God.
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4. The Bible gives us Hope
If you watch the news, then you know the world is full of darkness and tragedy. Everything that could go wrong, has gone wrong.
But, as Christians, we have great hope.
Romans 5:1-5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
The hope we have isn’t in having an easy life- the Bible never promises us that. But we have the Hope of heaven- that one day we will be with The Lord in heaven and He will reign and bring everything under His feet and make everything right.
This hope has carried me through many dark days and I’m sure more dark days to come.
5. The Bible shows us our Purpose
As Christians, our purpose is to glorify The Lord. That means that everything we do should reflect God in a good light.
Not only that but we are also given the great commission.
Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
The Lord Jesus tells us to tell others about Him.
As a stay-at-home mom, I often felt like I wasting my time holding babies and changing their diapers. But, over time The Lord has shown me that I have the important job of showing and telling my kids about The Lord and His love for us.
That means that even if all I do is love my family and reflect God’s love for them- I’m fulfilling the great commission.
6. The Bible helps direct our path
As a mother of 3, I often have no clue what to do next or where to go. My kids are all in full-day school and I’m left with the question- what do you want to be when you grow up?
For the past year, I have tried to go back into teaching with no success. It’s been tempting to be completely frustrated and upset that things haven’t worked out— or- I can trust what The Word of God says.
- Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
- Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
- Proverbs 16:9 The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
I have no clue what the next year holds for me. But, I know that God knows exactly where I’m going and the path to get me there.
7. Reading The Bible shows our devotion
My oldest daughter loves the musical Hamilton. She has gone to see it live on stage, has watched the movie at least 50 times, and knows all the words to all the songs.
She spends time doing all these things because she LOVES the musical.
When we love something, we spend time watching it, talking about it, and reading everything we can about it.
The same can be said about The Bible. When we say we love The Lord, our action proves our word.
The act of reading The Bible won’t save us, but it does show how seriously we take it and is one way we can show our love to The Lord.
When I started planning out what I wanted to share, I had about 12 things written down on my list.
I share this with you to let you know that these 7 reasons I shared with you are not the end.
There are countless other reasons why reading The Bible is important. But, the one things I want you to remember from today is this: The Bible is the written word of God. If you want to know God more or know what He wants you to do- it’s all in here- The Bible.
I encourage you to take some time and make a plan to read The Bible on a regular basis.