You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.      John 5:39-40

Bible study will not give you eternal life. You could memorize the entire Bible and be able to discuss minute issues of biblical scholarship and yet fail to experience the truths found in its pages. It is a subtle temptation to prefer the book to the Author. A book will not confront you about your sin, the Author will. Books can be ignored; it is much harder to avoid the Author when He is seeking a relationship with you.

The Pharisees in Jesus’ day thought God would be pleased with their knowledge of His Word. They could quote long, complicated passages of Scripture. They loved to recite and study God’s Law for hours on end. Yet Jesus condemned them because, although they knew the Scriptures, they did not know God. They were proud of their Bible knowledge, but they rejected the invitation to know God’s Son.

Can you imagine yourself knowing all that God has promised to do in your life but then turning to something else instead? You may be tempted to turn to substitutes. These substitutes aren’t necessarily bad things. They might include serving in the church, doing good deeds, or reading Christian books. No amount of Christian activity will ever replace your relationship with Jesus. The apostle Paul considered every “good” thing he had ever done to be “rubbish” when compared to the surpassing value of knowing Christ (Phil. 3:8). Never become satisfied with religious activity rather than a personal, vibrant, and growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

  1. April 19

    Amen…like the apostle Paul …”Oh to know Him (Jesus)….!”

  2. April 19

    This Devotional was, without a doubt, one of the most specifically true aspects of how we are to seek Jesus… to know Him… to love Him, to have an intimate relationship with Him…That is what He wants above all else… 🙏🏻

  3. April 20

    Amen

  4. No, I can not imagine, nor do I ever want to imagine myself knowing all that GOD has promised to do in my life, but then turning to something else.

    Yes, I pray, that I will never become satisfied with religious activity, instead of a personal, active, and developing relationship with JESUS CHRIST.

    Thanks to the writers of this article for clearly stating, that no amount of Christian activity will ever replace your relationship with JESUS.

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