Scripture is Meant to Be Lived
I spent my first ten years of ministry working with teenagers. Every once in a while, one of the teens would come up to me and, trying to sound spiritual, say something like, "Pastor Bryce, I cannot wait until one day I can see God and become more like Christ."
I would respond, "You know what? Me either! But in the meantime, can I ask you a question?"
"I guess," they would say.
"How important do you consider your Bible reading to be right now?"
Whenever I had that conversation, you could guess what would happen nine times out of ten. Their head would drop, their feet would shuffle a bit, and they would say, "It's not what it should be. "
"You see," I would explain to them, "as Christians, we are all excited to be in the presence of the Lord one day, but until then, God has given us His Word so that we would be able to know Him, and, in a sense, see Him. And in beholding who He is, the Spirit works in our lives to make us more like Him. "
The Bible is unlike any other book in that it is meant to be lived. It is not just a source of information; it is the source of transformation. The Word of God is alive and powerful.
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."