In John 1:1 we learn that, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” God speaks through his word—the Bible—and through the Incarnate Word—Jesus. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is the way God brings us into relationship with us. And the Bible is the primary way he, through the Holy Spirit, communicates his truth, love, and power to us.
The spiritual discipline of Bible intake is an acknowledgment of our deep need for a word from God. We need to hear from God about who he is and who we are, about what he says and how that intersects with our own lives. We need to hear about our sin that separates us from him, as well as our deliverance from that sin that brings us into his family as beloved sons and daughters.
A transformative relationship with God lies between the front and back covers of your Bible.It is good to read books about God, to read books about the gospel, to listen to God-honoring sermons. But there is no substitute for engaging with God himself through his word. Through Scripture reading and studying, through reflective mediation on God’s word, and through the internalization of God’s truth through Scripture memorization, a transformative relationship with God lies between the front and back covers of your Bible.
What are your thoughts?
What are your "go-to" Bible verses? What verses have you committed to memory and recall frequently? Why this/those verse/s?
For me, 2 Corinthians 5:21 is a great reminder of the immense value of Christ's perfect humility and sacrifice. It also reminds me of the great benefit his sacrifice is to me.
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.