For about five months now, I’ve been going through a little book by Francis Chan called “Multiply.” I’ve been taking it slow, doing my best to absorb all I possibly can. The book’s purpose is to help Christians become more informed about their faith, and understand exactly why they believe the things they do. It also primarily discusses the mission of Christians, and how they should take the things God teaches them, and apply them.
Real love doesn’t stay in a quiet place by the window wherever we read the Bible. Real love doesn’t stay in the worship songs. It doesn’t stay in our prayers, in our journals, or even in our church. The point of love is that it spreads. But love cannot spread if the people who have received this love are too scared to share it.
God has given us so much grace for two main purposes. First, that we ourselves might be blessed and know the hope and promises He offers through Christ Jesus. Second, that we might share those blessings and promises with others. The Christian life cannot have one without the other.
One of the biggest ways in which God communicates with us is through His Word: the Bible. About one-third of the way through his book, Francis Chan outlines six reasons why God gave us Scripture. I won’t elaborate on them (go read the book if you’d like to know more!), but I wanted to share them for you to reflect on.
God gave us the Bible…
1) To teach us about Himself.
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 [between us and] God.
5) To exalt Jesus.
6) To prepare us for our God-given mission.
I encourage you to take some time and think about each point, and consider how you can apply them to your own perspective of reading the Word. As we finish up the first month of this year, let’s go forth excited to learn more about our God and how we can better serve Him and His creation!