The purpose of the Bible is for you to come to know God – the Author of the Word. All other books are read so that you can come to know more information and when you are finished reading it you will not know the author as that is not why you were reading it. But, the Bible is read so that you can come to know the Author and not just more information. Information is not as important as experiencing and coming to know God through His Word and then being transformed.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 states that “All Scripture is given by God so that the people of God may be complete and equipped.” This means that the Scriptures were given so that we can come to know God and become like Him (“complete”) and able to do what Jesus did (equipped). This is the purpose of the Bible. It helps you to know God, become like God, so that you can do what Jesus (God in human flesh) did.
So, are you reading the Bible on a regular basis? Are you reading it for the right reason and with the right motive? Are you being transformed by what you are reading? Are you learning and growing becoming more skilled in doing the supernatural work of the Lord and thus fulfilling the call of God on His people and on the Church? If not, then you are simply like the Pharisees in the time of Jesus who really did not “know the Scriptures nor the power of God” (Matthew 22:29) in spite of all their memorization, knowledge, and information gathering from God’s Word.
So, as we approach the end of another year and the start of 2013 it might just be time to take a look at your Bible reading or the lack of it. And, make a quality decision to do better and to actually use the Bible for the reasons it was written and for nothing else. Let’s decide to come to know the Author better than ever before – to become like Him (“complete”) and to do what Jesus did (“equipped”) as we are His Body on the earth today.