The Relationship Drives the Reading

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The relationship with Christ drives our study of the Bible. We read the Bible, not to get smarter, but to KNOW Christ!

When I first met Jeannie, I wanted to know everything about her. I wanted to know about her growing up. I wanted to see her childhood pictures. I wanted to hear all of her stories. I wanted to know what she liked and what she didn’t like – I wanted to know everything. Finding out all that I could about Jeannie practically consumed my life…in fact, it HAS consumed my life for almost 32 years. She still intrigues me.

And for the Apostle Paul, the divine encounter with Christ on the Damascus Road drove everything in his life. “I want to know Him,” he wrote in his letter to Philippians. Everything else, he wrote, is garbage.

Here is an important but overlooked point for us…the relationship with Christ drives our study of the Bible. We read the Bible, not to get smarter, but to KNOW Christ! We want to find Him in every story and on every page. We want to understand how He thinks and how He works. We want to know everything about Him we can possibly know.

It’s when we find out a little more about Him that we love Him all the more. Those are the moments I live for.

This morning I was studying for the Hebrews study and I came to the end of chapter 2. Verse 18 says, “For since He Himself was tested and has suffered, He is able to help those who are tested.” I meditated on the descriptions of Christ… tested… suffered… able… and I found myself weeping in sudden worship.  When we go to Christ with our troubles and temptations, He has faced them too, and he has overcome them. When evil breaks our hearts, He has walked that path. He is able to help… We have a Savior, not just for the end of time, but every moment of our lives.

I open the Scriptures to find Jesus, and this morning, while I was looking for Him, He found me. That’s why I read the Bible.

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