What difference does it make whether or not you really “know” your bible right? You take it to church, you listen to the pastor, and maybe even go to a bible study. So, why should you know your bible?
Having spiritual leaders in your life that can lead and mentor you in that way is a great thing. Also, it is wonderful to have a pastor, and a good church to bring your family to, in support of their spiritual development. However, that can never replace you, and your walk with God.
You are the spiritual leader of your family
If you have a family, then you have a God given mandate to be the spiritual leader of your family. You can’t just delegate that responsibility to your pastor, or even to your wife. That role is squarely YOURS!
Deuteronomy 6:6–9 “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.”
In reading that, you get the idea that you should be the one that is a constant promoter of God’s word. It is a sad reality that in most homes, the men have given over spiritual leadership to their wives. That has had a terrible effect on families across America, and is opposite of God’s design. It is counterproductive for your marriage, your parenting, and your church as well.
The Ripple Effect has been staggering
Because spiritual leadership has been relinquished by so many men, their knowledge of the Bible has plummeted. As a result, men’s knowledge of God has done the same. The ripple effect across the country has been staggering.
No doubt, it can be intimidating to take on the bible as something to be mastered, especially for a man that works a full time job to support his family, which is commendable. Yet, the scriptures are clear. Man is not supposed to live for work, but work to live. Outside of God’s word, you simply cannot know Him.
You are supposed to be a reflection of God.
As a man, who pursues biblical manhood, how you can be a reflection of God the Father, if you don’t spend time getting to know Him? How can you teach your children to serve the Lord, when it is obvious that you yourself neglect the bible?
So, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. If you continue to read through the articles listed here in the “Bible Knowledge” section, you will begin to develop a plan, and a framework through which you can increase your understanding of the bible.
The key is to start now, and to make it a lifelong journey to discover God through His written word.