At school I had a friend that was a huge fan of the British royal family. This was in the days before the internet (yes, really!), when you had to read news papers and magazines and paper books to get information. And watch news reports when they were broadcast, because you could never see them again. But even then, she managed to always be exactly up to date with what the royal family was up to. You know how teachers always say “If I wake you up in the middle of the night, you have to be able to tell me (insert fact here)”? Well, you could wake my friend up at one in the morning and ask her what Prince Harry’s favourite breakfast is, and I am sure that she would instantly have been able to tell you!
How did she manage to know so much more than the rest of us? She put in the time to study all the information she could get hold of!
Today we have the internet at our finger tips, and we can find information about just about anything imaginable. Looking for a recipe that contains peanut butter and artichokes? Easily found (yes, really!). And yet with all the information about the Bible that we possibly could want, actually studying God’s Word to the point that it makes a difference in our lives is getting harder and harder because of all the distractions.
So I guess the big question here is why is the Bible worthwhile studying?
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (WEBBE): 16Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, 17that each person who belongs to God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Romans 12:2 (WEBBE): 2Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God.
The Bible has the power to transform our very minds, so that we are equipped to really represent God here on earth, to be His ambassadors.
2 Corinthians 5:20 (WEBBE): 20We are therefore ambassadors on behalf of Christ, as though God were entreating by us: we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
What are you waiting for? Study the Bible! It is worth it!