When I was in junior high, you couldn't bribe, pay, trick, or guilt me into reading. It was like telling a five year old boy to take a bath. One teacher handed out a summer reading schedule.. That was funnier than the Sunday comics. Read? In the summer? Not a chance.
Since then I have discovered the wealth there is in good books. I now believer that the poorest people are those that make no time to read.. Especially the Bible. Jesus asked a very sharp question of the religious people in his day. He looked them in the eye and asked (in our terms), “You mean you have not read about this?” (Matthew 12:3,5). Ouch! There is no way to know God outside of the Bible. Peter reminds us that all our spiritual growth hinges on our involvement in God’s timeless Book!
2 Peter 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.
The truth is…
- A casual reading of the Bible will only give minimal reward.
- An occasion reading of the Bible will only give minimal desire for it.
While God’s Word is the irreplaceable, supreme, and unrivaled goldmine of wisdom, there are also books that can open the world to us and change our lives. Paul recognized this too. While trapped in the Mamertine prison in Rome, he wrote a note to Timothy and asked him to bring the Scriptures AND some books for him to read when he visited.
2 Timothy 4:13 The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee,and the books, but especially the parchments.
Charles “Tremendous” Jones, one of the biggest Christian promoters of reading good books in last century once said, “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”
I plan to share highlights from some of the books I am reading or have read in some blog entries soon.
Don’t be trapped in the bubble of your experience. There is wisdom to be found in books. If you want to find some good books to read based on recommendations, start a membership with “goodreads”. You can do it online or on an app on your smartphone or tablet. It's easy and you can see the great “reads” your friends are recommending and why.
Let’s strive to NEVER have God ask us, “You mean you have not read?”