Three Questions to Help You Read the Bible
It’s easy to look at the Bible as a collection of hard to understand, unrelated stories. Asking these questions as we read will help us see more than just the people and places of the bible.
QUESTION ONE – "Jesus, what are You like?"
Jesus never changes. How reassuring! We can put our faith in a God like that. When we’re reading the bible we must ask, “Jesus what are You like?” Is there a characteristic of Jesus we can imitate? We should imitate Him in every way humanly possible. When we’re reading the bible and we see Jesus for who He is, we must be ready to fully submit to Him. Since He is perfect and never changes, Jesus is our ultimate standard. Growing people change to become more like Jesus.
QUESTION TWO – "Jesus, what is Your plan?"
Many times we approach the bible with our own personal agenda. Perhaps someone hurt our feelings or wronged us in some way. Instead of approaching the Bible with our agenda we should ask, “Jesus what is Your plan?” Anytime we start with our own agenda, we’re likely to distort Jesus’ words for our own selfish desires. Offering Jesus your plan is a poor plan. Instead, ask Jesus, “What is Your plan for me?” and allow Him to answer through His Word. That’s the best way to insure we are in step with Jesus.
QUESTION THREE – "Jesus, what do You care about?"
Sometimes when we read the Bible we just miss the point. Jesus is the main point of the Bible. How would our lives change if we cared about the things Jesus cares about? How would the world change if we were angry at what Jesus is angry about and compassionate toward those Jesus is compassionate towards? Asking the question, “Jesus, what do You care about?” will help us make sure our desires are in line with His.
The Bible says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” Asking these three questions as we read will help us see how to apply what we are reading to our daily life. Once we see what to do, then we can do it!