25 Reasons Why Reading The Bible Is Important
KEY SCRIPTURES: Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 2:15
2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
The bible is God’s letter to His beloved. We can’t claim to be born again as believers and not read the manual that will guide us to live a successful Christian life on earth and glorious eternity in God’s presence. Just as eating of food is important to our physical bodies in order to nourish it, so also is reading of the bible to our spiritual being in order to deepen a personal relationship with our maker and to guide against losing out completely in the heavenly race. Reading of the bible is very important and even God admonished Joshua to always read and meditate on the book of the law twice daily. The Bible contains all the instruction that we need to come to a life of true purity and righteousness. It teaches us how we can follow Christ in truth. The Bible’s exhortations, guidelines, commandments and encouragement give us very concrete and infallible insight into God’s will for us in every aspect of life.
The Bible contains so many heroes of faith, reading it can give us insight on how to live a life that is pleasing to God in all areas. The Bible is so rich that it covers all aspects of life, and no Christian can be successful in all areas of life if reading and meditating on the bible is neglected. God speaks to His beloved believers through the word of God and as a believer, how will you hear Him if you don’t read or spend time in His presence?
God is a spirit and those who are willing to serve Him must serve Him in spirit and truth and how do you serve someone, if you neglect to fellowship with Him in the place of prayer and reading His words. Importance of reading the bible can’t be overemphasized and the benefits are numerous for a believer. We have seen in the bible how God helped those who study the laws of God and do them and even today, we have seen successful Christians who yielded to reading and abiding with the commandments of the bible. Reading the bible is important and, in this article, we will be considering 25 reasons for the bible’s importance.
- TO KNOW ABOUT GOD’S CHARACTER: Romans 10:17
When you read the bible as a believer, you learn the ways and character of God and that will guide you to have godly character and prevent you from exhibiting the fruits that are not of the spirit. It helps us to know God more.
2. TO IMITATE GOD: Ephesians 5:1
Reading the bible helps us to know God and be good followers of Him in all areas. It will help in all areas of life to want to measure up to things that will be always pleasing to God.
3. TO DIRECT US IN THE RIGHT WAY AND STEPS: Psalms 119:105
Reading the bible will point us to the right way and step to follow in order to fulfill the glorious destiny God has given to us as believers. The bible will guide our thoughts and steps from making mistakes because all our steps will be ordered by God.
4. TO MAKE US RIGHTEOUS: Psalms 119:9-12
Reading the bible keeps us away from committing sins and falling into temptations because we have the word in our heart to rebuke and prevent us from doing the works of evil. It guides us to have a holy and righteous life here on earth because we will be conscious of heaven in all our doings.
5. IT HELPS TO RENEW OUR MIND DAILY AND KNOWING GOD’S WILL: Romans 12:1-2
Meditating on the word of God helps us to renew our mind daily and guide us from falling into sins and knowing God’s perfect will for our life as a believer.
6. TO HELP US KNOW THE WAY TO ACHIEVE THE DESIRES OF ONE’S HEART: John 15:7
Reading the word of God and doing its commandments helps one to achieve the desires of one’s heart because one is yielding to the direction God wants one to go and one is manifesting God’s purpose daily.
7. TO ENABLE ONE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GOSPEL: John 5:39-40
Reading the bible enables us to learn more about the gospel and how to serve God in winning more souls to the kingdom of God. It teaches us how to testify about God and how to have eternal life in Christ Jesus. It helps to know more about the son of God and how to live a balanced Christian life.
8. TO ENCOURAGE AND STRENGTHEN US: Joshua 1:8-9
When you read and meditate on the word of God, you empower yourself against all wiles of the wicked ones and receive strength to be victorious in all areas of life. It led to a prosperous living here on earth because God is your guide, and He is not a failure.
9. TO ENABLE YOU TO BE FRUITFUL: Psalms 1:2-3
When one delights in reading the bible, one will always be fruitful and a godly decision will be made because God abides with the person.
10. TO LIVE A BETTER LIFE: Proverbs 6:23
Reading the bible helps to know the right way to live, listen to instructions and rebuke. It serves as a light to direct one in living a better life because one will manifest the fruits of the spirit developed from reading the bible.
11. TO HAVE DISCERNING SPIRIT: 1 John 4:1
Reading the bible helps us to know the word of God and prevent us from falling into wrong doctrines and teachings. False teachers can’t mislead us when we know the word of God and do them. It is impossible to yield to false teaching when we read the word of God and practice it daily.
12. TO SPEND TIME WITH GOD: 2 Timothy 3:16; Proverbs 2:6-7
Reading the bible helps us to spend more time with God and knowing His ways, thereby developing a deeper relationship with God.
13. IT CONVICT MORE OF SIN: Hebrews 4:12
Reading the word of God convicts us when we are doing things that are sinful or about to do things that are not right with God. It convicts us of sins and how to live a life free from sins.
14. TO HELPS NOT TO DRIFT AWAY FROM GOD: Romans 12:11; Proverbs 28:9
It helps us to guide against being too comfortable and not conscious of heavenly things again. It helps us not to drift away from God after God has granted all our heart desires.
15. TO HELP US TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE WONDERS OF GOD AND PRAISE HIM MORE: Psalms 103:20-21
Meditating on the word of God enables one to be more aware about the mightiness of God, gives him the privilege to acknowledge what He has done for us as believers and that makes us appreciate Him and praise Him more for all the things He has done for us.
16. FOR BETTER FELLOWSHIP WITH OTHER BELIEVERS: 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Reading the bible helps us to be able to teach the word of God to other believers, teaches us on how to relate with other believers, give biblical advice and bear each other’s burden.
17. TO DEFEND OUR FAITH: 1 Peter 3:14-16
Reading and meditating on the bible help us to strengthen our faith and allow us to defend it when the need arises or when faced with false teachers or doctrines.
18. TO DEFEAT AGAINST SATAN: Ephesians 6:11-17
Reading the bible helps us to defeat the devil and his agents. No evil can defeat or overcome us when we know our place in God because the word of God is all we need to overcome principalities and evil powers in the highest places.
19. TO GROW AS BELIEVERS: Psalms 1:1-4
Reading the bible helps you to grow as a believer, it launches you to a new life and directs you to grow spiritually and have right standing with God.
20. TO SERVE GOD BETTER: 2 Timothy 3:17
Reading and meditating on the word of God helps you to serve God better and abide in the ways of God all the days of one’s life.
21. TO HELP TO USE TIME WISELY: Ephesians 5:15-16
Reading the bible helps us to use our time wisely as believers and not give room for idle things or things that will not be beneficial to our souls.
22. FOR SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE: 1 Corinthians 9:27
It helps us to be disciplined spiritually because we learn how to keep our body under the instruction and commandments of God.
23. TO MAKE US WISER: 2 Timothy 2:15
The Bible isn’t just there to read. It’s a book full of all kinds of advice. All phases and aspects of life are embedded inside the bible. When we become wiser, we make much better decisions, and with good decisions comes many other good things.
24. IT GIVES US PEACE: Isaiah 32:17
As believers, we live in a busy, noisy and chaotic world and things might get confusing sometimes but reading the bible can help us to sort through all the issues of life and open our eyes to see what is important. It brings peace in our lives and allows things to work in the way we can’t even imagine because we have a guide.
25. IT BRINGS NEW PERSPECTIVE AND IDEAS
Reading the bible brings needed perspective and ideas to situations sometimes. Reading the bible gives us insight that reminds us that there are other ways to think about the happenings in our lives as believers. It provides us with fresh and new input that may bring a perfect solution to the situation at hand.
Let us as believers cultivate the habit of reading our bible as many times as possible daily so that we can enjoy the dynamism of God. When you get to know God, you will enjoy God more as a believer and you can only achieve that when you study the bible.