How important is the Bible to you?
That’s not a trick question. Well, okay. Maybe it is.
The Typical Christian Answer
Most of us would say the Bible is very important, right? After all, it’s God’s word to us.
- His instructions on how to live.
- The story of our family and heritage.
- Encouragement for tough circumstances.
- Inspiration to persevere.
- Hope for the future.
So, back to my original question. How important is the Bible to you?
Let’s Get Personal
It’s often said that you can tell what’s truly important to us by looking at our calendar and checkbook. The things we spend time on (or allow to consume our time) and the things we spend money on (or allow money to go to) reveal our priorities (or lack thereof).
Think about it. We may say that our spouse is important, but if he only gets what energy we have left at the end of the day, is he really important? Or do we merely know he should be important, but we fail to place a high priority on him? We fail to follow-through?
We may say that being healthy is important, but our checkbook shows we eat out four nights a week because our calendar shows we’re overloaded with activities.
Am I stepping on your toes yet?
Let’s circle this discussion back to my original question.
How Important Is the Bible to You?
If the Bible is truly important to you, then you’ll make time for it. Regularly.
If the Bible is truly important to you, then you’ll spend money on a good one that you understand and love to open.
Yeah, yeah. Some of you get this and wonder why you’re still reading. Some of you are guilted by this — that’s not my intent. We all have this head knowledge, and we all fall short. Let’s go a step farther.
Some of you are guilted by this — that’s not my intent. We all have this head knowledge, and we all fall short. Let’s go a step farther.
Let’s go a step farther.
Let’s Take This Discussion Deeper.
If we really believe it’s God’s instructions to us on how to live, and if we truly believe God is a good father who only wants what is best for us, then we’ll want to know what He wants us to do.
If we really believe the Bible contains the story of our family and heritage, then we’ll want to read and know more about them. Abraham and Ruth and Paul become more than characters in amazing stories. They are older brothers and sisters with wisdom they want to impart to their younger siblings.
If we truly believe the Bible includes encouragement and inspiration and hope, then it will be a source of strength. It will be a place of comfort and safety and peace.
Imagine you receive a letter from a loved one. Imagine this letter is a rare bit of communication from them. It’s long, full of news of the family, and contains a paragraph or two of how much they love and treasure you.
Imagine that loved one is no longer alive.
How much would you treasure that letter? How often would you read it? How would you read it?
I imagine I would show it the ultimate respect. Read it repeatedly until its words were seared into my heart, and yet I’d still reach for it to see with my eyes what my heart and mind already knew. I’d slow down, cherishing each word.
Reading it wouldn’t be a chore. Something on my To Do list. It would be a delight. A peace. A comfort.
And That’s the Point
We all have progress to make here. We all could love the Bible a little more. Respect it a little more. Value it a little more.
Much like most of us need to improve our dedication to reading the Bible regularly, I’d guess all of us need to seek a purer heart in approaching our Bible in the first place.
So I wonder: How important is the Bible to you?
So, Tell Me . . .
I want to know what you think!
- Did this post make you think a bit to make sure you’re on track with God? Write ‘Yes’ in the comments below.
- Does this motivate you to make some changes in your life? Write ‘Changes Ahead!’ in the comments below.
- Do you need to think about it some more or figure out what God wants you to do? Let me know you are ‘Still Thinking.’
- Anything else come to mind? Share it below! Your comments encourage me to keep writing, no matter how insignificant you think your thoughts about this post are.