We live in very busy times. There is so much to do and so little time in which to do it. This applies especially to the person who has put his faith in Jesus as Saviour, and Lord, with the hope of an eternal home. He is so busy that he often does not make time to spend with the Lord in study and prayer. He is a believer with an unused Bible, which adorns his bedside table or bookcase, and is taken to church on Sundays. That is not the normal Christian life and is dangerous.
The Bible is our link to Jesus. We have the Holy Spirit in us to guide us, but He uses Scripture. All this is done so all people have the same Spirit, the same Scripture, the same chance of growing as God’s children.
The question is this: if we willfully neglect the Word of God, do not establish the love relationship through reading and praying, will we be there? Do we trust so much in the fact that we have accepted Jesus as Savior, and will go to heaven? Have we forgotten that we also need to accept Jesus as Lord (Matthew 7:21)? What does Jesus as Lord say to us who belong to Him? ‘Whoever has My commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves Me. He who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him’ (John 14:21). ‘If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him’ (John 14:23).
Derek Prince explained this as follows:
- ‘Obeying God’s commands is the difference between the world and the believer.
- Obeying the Word is the test of the believer’s love for God.
- By obedience to the Word, God the Father and the Son stay with the believer.
Your attitude toward God’s Word is your attitude toward God Himself. You do not love God more than you love His Word. You do not obey God more than you obey His Word.
You do not honour God more than you honour His Word.
You do not have more room in your heart and life for God than you have for His Word.
Do you want to know how much God means to you?
Just ask yourself, “How much does God’s Word mean to me?”’
(Derek Prince, Foundations for Righteous Living, D P Ministries, Rhema Media Centre, Tamil Nadu, South India, p 36-37).
Let us compare our relationship with God through the Bible with the relationship of a man and a woman. What will happen if a man meets a woman to whom he is attracted, but never visits her? He shows no interest in her and never talks to, or listens to her. He arrives at her house one day and announces that he is going to marry her. Will there be a marriage? No. Why should there be? Why would any woman consider such a suitor with whom she has no relationship?
Derek Prince explains that the same applies to the believer with a closed Bible. At the end of this present age, on the renewed earth, the Son of God, Jesus will be the Bridegroom, who will marry His bride, the church. There is normally no such a thing as a marriage without love, and neither will there be in God’s case. Especially as this marriage will last eternally since it is founded on a love relationship. That love must be fostered here on earth before we die. After death we remain in the state we were in before we died. If we loved Christ, we will continue to do so. There is no such a miracle that people who didn’t love Christ, wake up after death in heaven with this overbearing love for Jesus. If it were so, why did God give us the Bible with the many commands to live righteously and be holy like He is? Why would He give us the most important command to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind’ (Matthew 22:37)? These are the things God expects us to do now, and He has given us the Holy Spirit and His Word to help us. This love for God and Christ comes through the Bible, because we read it and meditate on it. There is no other way. Only in the pages of the Bible do we discover this wonderful Father and Son.
Are we playing with fire when we regard ourselves as believers in the Lord Jesus, but have no interest in Him (we measure it by the time and devotion we have for that miraculous book, the Bible)? Yes, we are! We are on very dangerous ground. We are not obeying God’s commands, which Jesus urged us to do in Matthew 7:21 (‘Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.’) What can we expect if we believe that God is a forgiving God, therefore we may carry on with a closed Bible, because He will forgive us? Do we think going to church only is enough to prepare us for eternity? Are we blissfully unaware that the minister will not testify on our behalf at the judgement (‘each of us will give an account of himself to God’- Romans 14:12)?
Christians should be very careful. Neglecting the Word of God is a sin which must be repented of and rectified.