By: Zach Collins
Do you have the textbook?
If you were to take a college course, this question would be the first question that the instructor would ask you. With the textbook, you can unlock the key passing the course. You can study the material, learn the material, and in turn apply that material within the class. The material is the foundation of the course for which you have taken. If you do not study the material, you will not know the material. If you do not learn the material, you will not be able to apply the material. It’s simple.
So, when others ask you questions about the material, or you take a test over the material, you are not going to know those answers. Why? You don’t know the material! You could use other means of learning the material, like Wikipedia, Quizlet, or Coursehero. But, even though you can look-up the answers of the questions, and maybe pass a quiz or test, you will not learn the material. You will just be given an overview, or a brief explanation of the material which you will not be able to apply to your pool of knowledge. It’s simple. In order to effectively learn the material, and apply the material, you must first buy and then read the textbook.
As Christians, we have a textbook as well. In fact, it’s the greatest book ever written. Everything you will need to know, for present or future use, lies within the pages of this book. It has the power to exhort great change, alter circumstances in the lives of its followers, and provide knowledge to its followers. Oh, and it comes with a free gift! Not many books come with a gift. What is the free gift? The gift is eternal life (Mark 10:45). This book is the Bible, the Word of God breathed through inspiration, thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17). A book that possesses immense power. But, often times, this book just sits on our bookshelves, gathering dust over a long period of time. It is a book that we carry to Worship service, but rarely do we follow along in our Bibles during worship. It is a book that is beautiful on the outside, but rarely do we open that book to read about the beauty on the inside. It is a book that we take for granted, rarely applying the inspiration of the Bible into our lives. In a way, it is a book that is similar to textbooks we buy for our college courses. Similar to textbooks, you can’t rely on others to tell you the content of this book, you must do that yourself (1 Tim. 4:13). Similar to textbooks, if you don’t read the Bible, the textbook for our Faith as Christians, you are not going to know the content. Similar to textbooks, if you don’t know the content of this book, you are not going to be able to apply its soul-saving power to your life. It’s simple. Therefore, open the textbook, read it, study it, and examine it, because that’s the purpose of the Bible.
As Christians, let’s strive to develop Biblical knowledge that is sufficient enough to answer the questions of non-Christians. As Christians, let’s strive to develop Biblical knowledge that is adequate enough to bring others into the fold of God. As Christians, let strive to open our Bibles, study our Bibles, and apply the message of the Bible to our life. But, in order to do all these things, we must first open our Bibles.
Do you have the textbook? If so, how often do you read the textbook?