For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
– Hebrews 4:12

In light of the Super Bowl, last night, I came across this video. It’s endorsing a Bible app, but listen to what these players are saying about the Word of God:

http://youtu.be/wvHYuQCrlKI

I’ve been reading a book by Francis Chan titled, “Multiply: disciples making disciples” and there’s a chapter about why we should read the Bible. Chan said that people have multiple reasons and motivations for reading the Bible, but here are six reasons he believes God gave us His Word:

  1. To teach us about him
  2. To teach us about ourselves and the world we live in
  3. To enable us to live godly lives
  4. To facilitate a relationship with God
  5. To exalt Jesus
  6. To prepare us for our God-given mission

Chan said, “Though we primarily think of the Bible as something we read in order to gain knowledge, we actually have it backward. The Bible reads us – it penetrates to our core and exposes who we really are” (98). If we have a skewed view of the purpose of the Bible, we’ll have a skewed attitude when we approach the Bible.

Prayer:
Lord, thank you for your Word! Thank you for the accessibility I have to hearing from you. Forgive me for the wrong motives I have for reading the Bible – for wanting the Bible to conform my life, not my life to conform to your Word. Help me, Lord, to approach Your Word with reverence and help me to let go of anything that stands in the way of letting Your Word penetrate my soul and change my life.

Question (more than one this week!):
How do you view the Bible?

What are you reading right now? Are you currently following any kind of plan?
How do you make sure you’re getting into God’s Word daily, especially when you travel?
Do you use any Bible apps? If so, which ones and how do you use them?

Challenge:
Ask yourself your motives when you read the Bible. If the motives are anything outside the six reasons Chan listed, ask the Lord if this is the right motive. If not, ask the Lord to help you change your motivation when you dig into the scriptures.

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