At one of the most challenging times in my life, someone loved me so well that it made me think, “Maybe there’s more to God than I realize.” Here’s what I’ve learned since, narrowed down as much as possible.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life.John 3:16 NKJV
God, in Heaven, loves us so much that He wants each of us to spend eternity with Him. But,
“… all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) That sin serves as a barrier between God and man. Thankfully, God sent Jesus, who willingly came and died on the cross for our sin, and as the verse says, whoever believes in Him, should not perish and spend eternity separated from God, but have everlasting life.
In John 6:47, Jesus said, “He who believes in me has everlasting life.”
John 10:28 promises, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish…”
And John 1:12 states, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name. “
As a child of God, there are numerous reasons to read the Bible and obey it.
First, according to Matthew 25:23, we should read and obey the Bible so that we might, like the faithful servants in the parable, hear our Lord say “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”
Second, in 1 Corinthians 3, we read that the lives of believers will be tested with fire in order to determine whether our lives boil down to gold, silver and precious stones, or wood, hay and straw. Verse 14 states, “If anyone’s work which he has built on it (the foundation of Jesus Christ), endures, he will receive a reward.”
Third, the Bible promises in James 1:25 that, “He who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be BLESSED in what he does.” In other words, if we read the Bible, remember what it says and do it, we can trust that God will bless us in ALL that we do.
In John 15:5 Jesus said, “…He who abides in Me, and I in Him, bears much fruit.” As we do our best to cling to God and to obey His Word, He enables our lives to be more fruitful and beneficial to those around us. Jesus then said, “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:10-11)
And finally, Jesus said the following as He concluded His Sermon on the Mount, “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24-25)
So, what can a believer expect when they are either not reading the Bible at all or just not obeying it for whatever reason.
Proverbs 13:12 states that “… the Lord disciplines those He loves, as a Father the Son he delights in.” (NIV)
We see in the conclusion of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount that disobedience leads to trials. Jesus said, “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, and it fell. And great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:26-27)
And finally, disobedient believers suffer loss of eternal reward. The lives of believers will be tested with fire. “If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.” (1 Corinthians 3:15)
For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV