Reading the Bible is one of the greatest privileges that a person has. In our nation it is taken for granted. We have dozens of different English translation and yet they sit on shelves unread in Christian homes. Sadly many Christians that do take time to read often read Christian literature and not the Bible. I am lumping all Christian literature together in this article, from devotions to fiction to historical to self help. It is not that Christian literature is bad. The problem arises when you spend more time reading it than the Bible. You are getting more of what someone thinks than what God thinks.
Peter tells us “as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, (1 Peter 2:2)” We should have a desire for the Bible. Read your Christian literature and read the Bible. Let you beliefs be challenged by Christian literature but anchor your faith in the Bible. Christian literature may show you something new but go to the Bible for its proof of truth.
It is through the study of the Bible that we grow. Christian literature may highlight an area that we need to work on, knowledge that we need to embrace, or a place to humble ourselves before the Lord. But it is the Scripture that Christian literature quotes that puts the correction in our souls and it is the Bible that straighten us out before the Lord so that we might stand before Him giving Him all the glory.
So please don’t undervalue the reading of the Bible. Within it’s pages you will find what pleases God, how much He loves you and how the genuine gospel message gives people hope and changes lives. I am a better man today because of what the Lord has showed me in the scripture. But don’t take my word for you need to study the Bible and see the change it will make in your life. Look into the Bible and see things like “but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.(2Peter 3:18)” Or when Jesus’s says “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life. (John 6:47)”