Spending quality time in the Word of God is one of the first things that comes to mind when I think about developing a close relationship with God. I also think that though most Christians know they need to be reading the Bible, they do not know why they need to be reading the Bible. Today I’ll be sharing 7 reasons why every Christian needs to read the Bible.
Before I dive into these reasons why every Christian needs to read the Bible, I must pause to add a disclaimer to the title of this blog post. We, as Jesus lovers and followers, do not simply need to be reading the Bible. We need to study it. Devour it. Live in it.
Consistently. Multiple times a day. But in this day of overwhelming responsibilities, who has time? Right?
Friend, I have been there. Those mornings when you snooze your alarm and realize you only have 30 minutes to get out of the house. Getting home late at night and feeling exhausted. Juggling your business, career, family, health and life. Who has time to squeeze in Bible reading?
Here’s the thing. It’s not about having or finding the time. This walk with God is about intentionally creating and prioritizing your time with God. Matthew 6:33 encourages us to seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness. We are promised that if we do this, every other thing we need – as much as it aligns with God’s vision for our lives – will be added unto us.
Spending consistent time in the Word of God is important for Christians to continue to grow in their walk with God. Our walk with Heavenly Father is a journey, not a destination. And His Word is a lamp for our feet and a light to our path on this walk (Psalm 119:105)
So, I pray that as you read through these reasons why every Christian needs to read the Bible, you find one reason that touches your heart and encourages you to spend more time in the Word.
Short on time? Download the PDF version of this post to read later and get access to a library of Bible reading resources like study guides and manageable Bible study plans for the one who doesn’t have time.
7 Reasons Why Every Christian Needs to Read the Bible
1. Reading the Bible helps you achieve success.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8
Let me give you some context here. Moses had just passed away and God was calling Joshua to step up the plate. In the verses preceding verse 8, God promises Joshua a bunch of things. God promises massive amounts of land to Joshua. He promises to destroy Joshua’s enemies. He reminds Joshua that He will be with him just as He was with Moses.
And then God says “Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to the law that Moses my servant commanded you.” (Joshua 1:7).
God is saying to us that if we read and engage with the Bible consistently, we will achieve success. And not just any kind of worldly success, but good success.
If your brain works anything like mine, your first thought might be, how can I become successful by just reading the Bible? The Bible is pretty much our handbook for life. It is chock full of promises and instructions for how we should live and interact with people. If we are diligent in following these instructions, we will be successful in life.
But you cannot follow these instructions if you do not know what they are.
2. Reading the Bible leads to receiving your heart’s desires.
If you abide in me, and my Words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. John 15:7
The first time I read this verse I must admit that I was a little bit stumped. God, you promised that if I asked whatever I wished, it would be done for me. So why didn’t I get that job I applied for? It wasn’t until I meditated more on this verse that I realize I was pretty much ignoring the first part of the verse and only focusing on the last part.
If my Words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. If God’s Word is living in our hearts, we are more likely to ask for things that align with His Word and His plans for our lives. We are also able to take peace in the knowledge that if something didn’t work out, it is because there is something greater coming (Romans 8:28).
Now I see this verse in this way – if God’s Words abide in us, “whatever we wish” will most likely be aligned with those Words that are in our hearts. And so, when we ask for them, God will come through.
3. Reading the Bible helps you see your heart clearly.
For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
Discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Engaging in the Word helps you see your thoughts and intentions more clearly.
What does that mean?
I was recently studying in 1 Corinthians 13 about love and as I read and engaged with the different definitions of love I began to realize a few things about my character. One of those things was how set I get on wanting things to go my way. In 1 Corinthians 13:5, we see that “love does not insist on its own way” and with that one verse, I found a new facet of myself that doesn’t walk in love.
As you spend more time in the Word, the Holy Spirit will begin to reveal things about yourself to you. Then what you do with that information is totally up to you.
Why do you need to see your heart?
In Jeremiah 17:10, Father says: “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”
“For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7
Your heart is the foundation of your character. Your thoughts and beliefs are the well from which your words and actions spring. It is necessary for us to always be thinking and observing our thoughts because they guide everything we do. That is why we must constantly spend time in the Word of God; so that it fills our hearts and thoughts.
4. Reading the Bible gives you ammunition to fight the devil
I used to feel silly saying things like fight the devil. And defeat the evil forces.
Someone once said to me “If you don’t believe in the devil, then you must not really believe in God.” I thought it was a bit extreme at the time but now I understand it better. Here’s the truth friend, we are in a real war. We are in battle and we must be prepared to fight.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12
That is what we are up against friend. Unseen principalities. And the only offensive weapon we have in our armor for this fight is the Word of God. If you spend some time in Ephesians 6:13-17 where Paul delineates the parts of our armor, you’ll see that everything we have is to defend us against attack.
The only part of our armor that is for fighting back is the Word of God.
“…and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…” Ephesians 6:17
Spending consistent time in the Word of God fills your heart with promises and truth about your identity in Christ. And when the enemy comes with lies to throw you off the path Heavenly Father has set out for you, all you have to do is begin to speak those truths into existence.
Short on time? Download the PDF version of this post and finish reading it later PLUS get access to a library of Bible reading resources like study guides and manageable Bible study plans for the one who doesn’t have time.
5. Reading the Bible helps you keep sin at bay.
Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I may not sin against you. Psalm 119:11
Spending time in the Word of God – reading it, devouring it, engaging in it – helps you remember and memorize those instructions that are laid out for us.
It is only by reading the Bible that you will understand why loving God and your neighbor is the greatest commandment of all. Matthew 22:36-40
It is only by reading the Bible that you’ll know that you are not walking in love when you constantly lash out in anger. I Corinthians 13:4-7
It is only by reading the Bible that you will know that if you constantly walk in sin, you are not of God. I John 3:9
It is also only by reading the Bible that you will understand the depth of Heavenly Father’s love towards you. The depth of love that gives you assurance in the fact that even when you stumble, He is waiting with arms open wide.
But it is because of that love that He has for you that you realize you cannot walk a holy life without His Grace and Holy Spirit. Sure, you might hear these things from sermons or read them on signs. But for you to truly internalize them? You must read them yourself in the Word of God and let the Holy Spirit in you convict you and teach you how you should walk.
6. Reading the Bible strengthens your relationship with Heavenly Father
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. Hebrews 1:1-2
Well, if God speaks to us through Jesus, how does that relate to the Bible? Well, did you know that Jesus IS the Word?
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. John 1:1-4
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
Sermons and devotionals are great for filling you up occasionally. But if you want to stay full? You must have a personal relationship with Heavenly Father.
And it is impossible for you to have a relationship with Him without reading His Word regularly. Can I say that again?
It is impossible for you to have a relationship with Heavenly Father without reading His Word regularly.
Because time in His Word is how you get to know Him. It is by reading His Word that you know His hopes and dreams for you. It is by reading His Word that you come to learn what he expects of you and what thinks put Him off.
God speaks to us through His Word.
Have you ever tried to be in a relationship with someone you didn’t know? Maybe you tried to have a conversation with them but it was awkward and stilted because all your conversation starters fell flat?
Yeah. It’s like that with God too. Knowing His Word gives you things to talk to Him about in prayer. Knowing His Word helps you understand and accept the kind of relationship He wants to have with you.
And so, because it is just that important, I’ll say this again:
7. Reading the Bible helps you discern various teachings
The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. 7 They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm. 1 Timothy 1:5-7
The fact of the matter is that there are A LOT of false prophets out there.
They aren’t new to our generation. Ever since Jesus was here, there have been people trying to use His name to achieve success (Mark 9:38-41). And it is important that we, as Children of God, can discern between true and false teachings.
I love listening to sermons. Podcasts from preachers like Joyce Meyer, Creflo Dollar and my own pastor keep me going during the week. I encourage every Jesus follower out there to find some Bible filled podcasts to listen to regularly. Mentors are important in this walk with Christ. But, these preachings cannot replace your own personal time in the Word of God.
You must be engaging in the Word regularly so you can tell when a pastor’s preaching doesn’t align with the truths that you know from spending time in the Word of God.
Friend, I know that today it can seem like we are too busy to find time to read the Bible. But I urge you to change that mindset. We cannot remain as baby Christians like Paul chastised in Hebrews 5:12-14. We must spend time in the Word so that we can continue to grow in our walk with Father. I pray that at least one of these 7 reasons why every Christian needs to read the Bible has touched your heart and encouraged you to pick up your Bible regularly.
Start the Conversation! Why do you read your Bible? Leave a comment below.
Don’t forget to download the PDF version of this post to read later and get access to a library of Bible reading resources like study guides and manageable Bible study plans for the one who doesn’t have time.
DOWNLOAD YOUR PDF
Enter your information to get the free .pdf version of this post to read later, PLUS access to the full library of holistic health resources.