In order to grow toward maturity in Christ there is no substitute for the study of God’s word. John 17:17 tells us that the way to becoming more like Jesus is found through the word of God. Jesus prays to the Father saying, “Sanctify them, (make them holy) by the truth; Your word is truth.”
Jesus said in Matthew 4:4, Man does not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.
No factor is more influential in shaping a person’s moral and social behavior than regular Bible intake.
The Apostle Paul wrote.
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 complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV
Three of the greatest problems for Christians when it comes to Bible reading:
- They don’t read God’s Word.
- They don’t understand God’s Word.
- They don’t apply God’s word to their lives
There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s Word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. Hebrews 5:11-12
If we are to grow in the maturity of Christ
1) We have got to learn how to read the Bible for ourselves.
Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they reveived the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Acts 17:11
Threee tips in order to discipline ourselves for Bible reading:
- Make the time
- Make a plan
- Pray and meditate on a phrase or verse as you read
2) We’ve also got to learn how to understand the Bible
So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Acts 8:30-31
God gives us intellect and cognitive skills but apart from the Holy Spirit removing the blinders from our minds, we cannot know the truth of God’s word.
There are three simple questions to ask ourselves in gaining nourishment for life that is found in God’s Word:
- What does it say
- So what does it mean?
- Now what do I do?
3) We’ve got to know how the Bible applies to my live.
Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in the mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseverers, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing James 1:22-25
You will be blessed by doing what God’s word says.