“For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings? What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.”- 1 Corinthians 3:3-6
These are just a few of the people chosen by God to deliver His message. However, many people believe those people are somehow more spiritual than others, that their message has somehow been anointed and no one else’s has. It is no coincidence that within the same paragraph of these verses, Paul speaks about the church on Corinth still needing milk because they were spiritual infants. Paul urges them to become spiritually mature—chewing on meat rather than milk. But how can we do that when we are feasting on the spoon-fed word of spiritual giants rather than studying the word for yourselves?
When I began writing in 2009, I had to study for my subject of the apostle John. I had to research, understand cultural nuances, all so I would be accurate in my assessment. The more I studied something happened:
I fell in love with Scripture. The more I understood the intricacies of what was written, the more I understood it wasn’t just a set of fictional, random stories. Each chapter and verse had a plan and purpose, all leading up to Christ’s return. Although I don’t study as much as I would like (or should) studying the word for myself instead of listening to someone else’s interpretation deepened my relationship with God in a way that nothing else did (or has) since.
Studying the word doesn’t have to be intimidating. www.biblegateway.com is just one of many online resources that includes Bible commentaries under their “study” tab. If you don’t have access to commentaries, this is a free online resource.
Have you ever studied the Bible before? What are some of the things you have learned during your study? What do you need to do to study on a regular basis?
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