Every Christian should enjoy Bible study.
I believe this with all my being. It gets me out of bed in the morning. My life’s goal is to make sure Christians everywhere believe this too.
What about you? Why should you enjoy Bible study?
That’s a good question. Let me give you a handful of reasons why you can and should delight in studying God’s Word.
As Christians, we believe the Bible to be God’s Word. It was breathed out by God and penned by human men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
If true, we ought to treat the Bible as a special book, one we should cherish. The God of the universe wants his creation to know him. This is why he gave us the Bible. We should not treat his words lightly.
Inasmuch as God spoke to the Bible’s immediate audience, he uses these same words to speak to you today.
I’m not going to lie to you. Bible study is not easy. Some days it can be hard work and all you’re doing is trudging through it. That’s normal. But, you can still enjoy it.
The key is this: passion for Bible study is cultivated. No one is born with an appetite for studying the Bible. Instead, you learn to appreciate and love it with time and practice.Passion for Bible study is cultivated. You learn to love it with time and practice. Click To Tweet
LeBron James might have liked the game of basketball from a young age, but he cultivated his passion through hours of practice and determination. The same is true for us. The more time we spend in the Bible, the more we passion we will have.
Passion may not be present today, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be tomorrow.
The Westminster Shorter Catechism begins with two questions. The first: What is the chief end of man? Our chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever. The second question & answer directs us in how we glorify God. The Bible is our answer.
Our purpose is to enjoy God. We can only enjoy him if we know about him and what he requires of us. This is why we have the Bible. It is our guide for worshiping and enjoying a life with God.
When we approach the Bible with this view, we cannot help but take joy in its pages.
Is Bible study worth the hard work? Absolutely! Aren’t the best things in life worth the effort? The Bible is certainly one of those things.
God did a tremendous work when he sent his son, Jesus, to save us from the penalty of our sins. The life he calls us to is difficult, but the rewards are great and go far beyond eternal life.
The benefits of being a Christian and studying God’s Word are worth it. Our connection with God is personal and familial. We are given the Holy Spirit to help us daily. All things are promised to work for our good, even the bad. We are given an eternal hope and peace. It makes us wise. And the list goes on.The benefits of being a Christian and studying God’s Word are worth it. Click To Tweet
The question we often ask others is, “What’s in it for me?” Well, when it comes to Bible study there’s plenty in it for you. Spiritual benefits abound when the Scriptures become part of your life.
Check out some of the benefits. First, your relationship with God is deeper and more profound. When we learn about who he is, we grow closer to him. Bible study affords us such an opportunity. Likewise, it strengthens our faith. A strong faith is better equipped to overcome life’s difficulties whenever they arise. We also become better people when we study the Bible. We’re more kind and generous. Patience and love characterize our lives. And, overall, we’re more joyful people.
Do you enjoy Bible study? If not, what’s hindering your joy?
It’s okay if you don’t like Bible study. But, I want to challenge you to stick with me. Check out the Bible study tips each week and see if they help cultivate your passion.
Enthusiasm won’t happen overnight, but if you stick with it, it will happen in time. Trust the process.