We may not come out and say this out loud, but many Christians wonder how the Bible practically helps them grow spiritually. When we don’t regularly dig into Scripture, it’s because at the end of the day we don’t think the benefits are worth our time. So, how does getting into Scripture help us grow? There are a million reasons, but let me list just a few.
1. Scripture feeds your soul. Go back to what Jesus said in Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Man doesn’t live on bread alone, because humans are more than just skin and bones. Humans are different from the rest of the animals, because we have a soul, and our souls need to be nourished, just like your physical body needs to be nourished. If you’re ever at a low spot, and although everything may seem fine on the outside, you’ve got a good job, you’ve got some money in the bank, whatever, but if you’re dead inside, if you’re hurting, it’s because your soul is starving. Scripture nourishes your soul, so get into it!
2. Scripture changes the way you think and see the world. Scripture is powerful enough that it rewires your brain and changes the way you see yourself, the way you see others, and the way you see the world. If you want to stop hating yourself, get into Scripture. If you want to be a better husband or mother or brother or boss or employee, if you want your relationships to improve, get into Scripture. It will change the way you see others. If you want to change the way you see the world, if you want to leave a legacy, if you want to make a difference, get into Scripture. It will change the way you think. And when you change the way you think, you change the way you live.
3. Scripture connects you to God. When you get into God’s presence through Scripture, God does the work to transform you from the inside out. When you get into God’s presence through Scripture, you walk away changed. Your faith grows. You become more of the person you want to be. Scripture is a guaranteed place of encounter where you can meet God and grow your faith, so get into Scripture.