Unfortunately, in this day and age I feel like an endangered species. Many people who claim to be followers of Jesus have never read the Bible, and therefore, they do not know what it says, let alone adhere to it, and herein lies the problem. To be a disciple of Jesus means that you read and live by the Bible. If you don’t believe me, let’s look at Jesus’ own words (found in the Bible!).
In the Great Commission Jesus says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20). Church is not primarily about rituals as much as it is about teaching Scripture. The Bible is taught so that disciples can look like their Teacher (Jesus). If your Church does not teach the Bible, it is not a Church. It is form without substance.
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus says, “And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” (Matthew 7:26-27). Jesus lovingly warns that not reading and implementing God’s Word into your life is downright foolish. The Bible has power, and Christ is encouraging you to unleash that power into your life.
In Matthew 4:4 Jesus says, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” The Bible should be bread for your soul. It is what God has provided to sustain you. The Bible is not only for Pastors and Priests, it is nourishment for mankind. If your religious leader keeps the Word of God from you, run and don’t look back, for he is starving you to death.
In Matthew 12:3, Matthew 19:4 and Matthew 22:31, Jesus prefaces his answers to the questions of the Pharisees with, “Have you not read…” Jesus assumes that if you claim to follow God, you will have read the Bible, and not only read it but understood it. Not reading the Bible is not even on the radar screen for Jesus.
Lastly, in John 17:17, Jesus is prays before his arrest, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” Literally in the shadow of death, Jesus is praying that His followers would read the Bible. Jesus, the Son of God, is praying that you would read the book that is all about him!
Therefore, to be a Christian means that you must be a Bible person. I say this not because I am a Bible person, but because Christ calls us to be Bible people. So pick it up, and have a look for yourself, you might be surprised what you find.