I enjoy reading the Bible, God’s word. I remember asking myself a long time ago, “If God wrote a book, wouldn’t I want to read it?” When I answered myself in the affirmative, I had no choice but to start reading and I’m glad I did. And because His word is living and active it begins to change you from the inside out.
Yet sometimes I wondered how much has it changed me? Do I just read the words and agree with it, but fail to do what it says? For example, when Paul wrote the Philippians and said, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (1:21) Do I really believe that? Am I living my life totally for Christ? Am I looking at death as gain?
In chapter two Paul writes “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” (v. 5) In his letter to the Corinthians, he told them that we have the mind of Christ. (I Cor 2:16) Well how often do I approach difficulties in life with this attitude? If I have the mind of Christ then I certainly ought to act like Him!
And again to the Philippians he wrote, “God will supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (4:19) If God will supply all my needs then why do I worry over financial issues? Do I have enough to retire on? What will happen if the stock market tanks? Can we afford to send our kids to college? Do I really believe God will meet all my needs?
Reading and studying the Scriptures can be very encouraging. It can some times be very convicting. But if you read and study it for all its worth, it will change you from the inside out.