It was the fall semester of my junior year of high school. There I sat in my independent English course, finished with my studies for the day. Today was different than most days in this English course though. Why? I decided today I was going to bring my Bible and begin truly reading for myself. Truly the Lord’s gracious hand was upon me that semester. Sometime in that semester, the scales fell off from my eyes and I saw the glory of Jesus. God saved me.
THE BIBLE IS HOW GOD SPEAKS TO HIS BRIDE
The Psalms are full of men who long and love the word of God. A cursory reading of Psalm 119 wouldn’t be void of this kind of talk:
How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Through your precepts I get understanding;
therefore I hate every false way.
(Psalm 119:103-104 ESV)
The Bible is God’s authoritative word given to us for edification, encouragement, conviction and sanctification. It is a wellspring of life for those who dip their bucket into the fountainhead of Christ. Many believers today ask God for signs and wonders when they ignore the amazing sign and wonder: God has spoken to us through His word.
As believers, we should run to the Bible to get to know God more fully. When we worship God sans His word, we ultimately begin worshiping a deity formed in our likeness and preferences. This is idolatry. Instead, we should let the Bible depict our view of God and worship Him for who He says He is, as revealed in His word.
MATURE IN CHRIST
Paul writes in Colossians 1:28, “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ” (emphasis mine). Would you describe yourself as mature in Christ? Paul says he wants to present the members of the church (universal) as mature in Christ. How? Paul presents a couple ideas that are so important.
First, Paul says believers become mature in Christ when the ministers are heralding Christ in their midst, “Him we proclaim…” When the ministers and church members are preaching the Gospel to one another, the church’s maturity grows. The American church is plagued with a myriad of babe-Christians with no avenue to mature in Christ.
Secondly, Paul mentions that the role of the minister is to make the word of God fully known, “of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known” (Colossians 1:25). He seems to make a connection between Christ being heralded and the word of God being fully known. It only benefits the believer to know the word of God fully. The word of God right applied, through the Holy Spirit, can be a balm for the wounded soul. Do you wish to be mature in Christ? Grow in the Gospel through knowing the word of God fully.
A MONTH LONG CHALLENGE
I want to extend an invitation to you to participate in a challenge for the month of October. I want to challenge you to pick up and read the word of God every day in the month of October. Christian’s are often fearful of legalism when this kind of talk appears. Christian, this isn’t legalism—this is wise. I’m not going to set the amount you should read but I would encourage you to set a goal. Perhaps you want to read the entire New Testament or read through several Old Testament books that you have never read.
Whatever your goal is, the most important goal is to savor and delight in Christ through the reading of His word. We are not reading for the sake of reading, but we are reading for the sake of knowing Christ better. So believer, do you seek to be mature in Christ? Herald the Gospel in your heart by knowing the word of God fully.
Let’s commit this upcoming month to treasuring God’s word more fully so that our affections may be kindled unto His Son, who is blessed forevermore. In the upcoming blog posts, I will begin posting practical steps you can take to make this part of your daily routine.