But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”
Jesus tells us that the Word of God is as vital (if not more) to our sustenance as the food we eat. As much as we need to feed ourselves with physical food, we also need a constant diet of His Word and that means reading the Bible.
But it might surprise you that not everyone agrees with the Lord.
“It is more important to know Jesus than to read a book…”
But how would you know who Jesus is without reading?
In fact, the Bible is “written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:31)
“It is about walking in the Spirit and not the letter…”
While this is a misapplication of 2 Corinthians 3:6, we can still ask how would you know you are walking in the Spirit? But you would know if you have read that the fruits of the Spirit are “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Galatians 5:22)
“It is enough to just know Jesus loves me…”
Again, how would you know about Jesus’ love if these words were not recorded, “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.“(John 15:9-10)
“Well, I listen to my pastor every Sunday… and didn’t the Bible says ‘faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God‘ (Romans 10:17)?” Of course of course, but you probably would not know that if your pastor had not quote the verse from the Bible.
Make no mistake, it is great that you attend church service every week (which is more than we can say of many believers these days), but think about it… how do you know your pastor is not preaching “another gospel”? How do you know he is not ripping the verses out of their context to fit his false teachings? How do you know he is not twisting the Scriptures for his own agenda?
The only way to be sure is to read your Bible…
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
The Book is meant for reading.