The Weird Thing About Reading the Bible Is

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I have been a Christian since I was 16 years old. I don’t mean I have been going to church since I was 16. I mean I have been attempting to submit my entire life to Jesus Christ since I was 16. It is not easy. The largest roadblock to this submission has been myself. And the largest thing about myself that has gotten in the way is my aversion to routine.

(What does this have to do with Fathering? I am convinced that as I seek to become more like Jesus, I become a better father, a better husband, and even a better version of me. If you disagree with this statement, I challenge you right here, right now in the comments for just one quality of behaviour of Jesus that I might emulate that would not make me a better father, husband or person. Just one. Go ahead. I await your comments.)

But here’s the funny thing about it. Very early on I noticed something about reading the Bible. Reading the Bible is something that pretty much every church tells you is key to figuring out how to follow Jesus personally. In fact, if a church tells you that it is not key, then I’d argue you aren’t going to a Christian church. But being the contrarian that I am I rarely accept what I am told “because”. There has to be a reason.

Now, I am not going to give you a big long list of reasons why reading the Bible is important. There are tons. Instead I am just going to say this. Every time I pick up a Bible and read it, something happens to my soul. Something beautiful.

Every time I read the Bible, no matter what section, no matter what the subject of the reading is on, no matter if it is the slaughter of Caananites or the 451-478th Levitical laws, or the specific details of a prophecy condemning Moab, I find my day is changed. I am more loving. More patient. More kind. More caring. More diligent. More selfless.

The Bible calls these qualities “the fruit of the Spirit”. It is what happens when the Spirit is freed to work on you. And there is something about obedience that frees the Holy Spirit to do that work. And reading the Bible is an act of obedience.

We can argue all day long about whether this passage or that passage has a practical application to a Christian’s daily life. I’d still argue that if you look hard enough, even the driest geneaology has something to teach us about God and His character or plan. That isn’t the point. The point is obedience. When you obey, you give God a chance to work on you. And when He does that, you always feel better in the end. Because His hands are the hands of a healer. What He exposes, what He directs our thoughts to, what He teaches us is always to our betterment. Which is why every time I finish reading something in the Bible, I say to myself, “Wow. Why don’t I do this more often?”


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