11 And He personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into a mature man with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness.
My brothers and sisters, the only way we will become mature in Jesus Christ is by filling our minds with God’s Word. If anyone tells you otherwise, that person is unspiritual and lacking discernment. Since we are living close to the return of Christ, there is such a strong attack on God’s Word because the enemy doesn’t want you to read it and build up your faith, let no one persuade you to put the Bible down. To love the Word of God is to love Jesus Christ according to John 14:23 which says, Jesus answered, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”
My brothers and sisters how can you love Christ if you don’t fill your mind with Him and how can you show love to an unbeliever if you cannot express the Word of God because you don’t know it. I read two days ago that there was a study conducted that less than half of Christians read the Bible, around 37 percent. Below is part of the article that conducted the study.
“NEW YORK — Despite its enviable record as the most printed and sold book in the world over the last five decades, less than half of practicing Christians in the U.S. spend serious time engaging with their Bible, according to the American Bible Society, and the rest of the country is even worse.”
“In a presentation at the Movement Day Global Cities conference at the Jacob Javits Center last Wednesday, Samuel Harrell, director of Project Ignition at the American Bible Society, presented evidence gathered from a six-year assessment of the state of the Bible conducted by the Barna Group which shows that just 18 percent of the American population 18 years and older in general reads the Bible. Of the practicing Christians in that group, only 37 percent engage with their Bible.”