As born again Christians, we’re about the relationship with God and understand that religion breaks people if they use it as a means to be “good enough” to reach heaven. No, religion is not necessarily the enemy in actuality (as long as it’s used right) because it brings organization and cohesion in terms of fellowship, yet for some, religion is all they will ever experience. Sure, they’ll find Jesus’ love and promises through interaction with other believers, but personally, they will be left dry. The disconnect begins with how the religious person reads the Bible. To the religious man, reading the Bible is an inconvenient obligation and undercover chore. The powerful words within the scriptures become diluted because there seems to be no life behind it. Why is there no life? Where there is no Holy Spirit breathing holy fire underneath the ink of those consecrated words, there will be no internal awakening.
In ancient days, kings would write out decrees and sign them with the royal seal. So it shall be written. So it shall be done. The decree may have been words on paper, but whenever its precepts were read out to the subjects, there was no choice whether to obey it or not. It was a two-part effort on part of the king and his royal officials. The king would write the decrees and it was the officials’ job to distribute the decrees to the people. There is a similar pattern in Christianity. The king (the Godhead) writes his decrees (the Bible) and his royal officials (Christians) were tasked with carrying out his decrees to the subjects (unbelievers). Mercifully, our king is the King of Kings and His decrees are redemptive and restorative for our lives. It is the collection of the original testimony of Jesus Christ, not to mention the creation of this world, the creation of Israel, the history of the early church, and everything in between. There are verses of wisdom, prophecies, lessons from the experiences of Biblical characters, and the coveted explanation of “why are we here?” It’s not just another religious text; rather, it’s the map of life inspired by the Holy Spirit.
When one reads the Bible, he must not treat it as a nuisance to read. If a Christian reads for speed, he’s not going to hear what the Holy Spirit wants him to get out of the passage. The words are life-giving, so it’s essential to pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit before one reads and clear all distractions both internally and externally. The Bible was not written in blood for the purpose of merely collecting theological knowledge. Knowledge gives one the know-how but it takes the Holy Spirit to live out and through those words. That’s why reading different passages can have a fresh meaning every time. There can never be too much reading of the Word, for it is power-packed with a never-ending stream of guidance from the Creator. Remember, 1 Corinthians 4:20 says, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” We live by faith in what the Bible says and without it, we would have no frame of reference to consult whenever complex issues arise. The Bible is more than a manual, more than a historical account, it is the testimony of men and women who have lived a life for God and have had the Holy Spirit aid them in writing down the message of hop from our Lord. So the next time you pick up the Bible, just remember that you hold the most precious collection of paper ever bound together.
Kevin Cochrane is an eighteen year old writer and blogger with the distinct purpose of radically restoring everyone with ears to hear to the original testimony of Jesus Christ. His mission is to live by the words he writes and develop his character along with the prose he pens. For updates on his latest blog posts, you can follow him on Twitter @RunFree_KC or click the follow button at the bottom of the page to receive notifications by email.