I have a confession to make—I’m a book nerd. That wouldn’t surprise you if you knew me or you’ve been to my office, as I have five large book cases and one small book case in my closet. Ever since I was a child, I’ve loved reading.
When Jesus talked about loving Him and loving our neighbor, He included a most interesting phrase, namely to love Him with all of our hearts, mind, and strength (Luke 10:27). Christians throughout the history of the Church have started schools, hospitals, churches, and many other good and noble ministries because they have loved the Lord and sought to serve others. To love the Lord means to take Him at who He says He is in all of His infinite and unchanging worth.
Christians are to be a people of one book, the Bible which is inspired, inerrant, sufficient, and authoritative for all of life under God. Christians are to have a love for God’s Word because it is God’s love letter to man. Since God loves His Word, Christians should have a love for reading, studying, and meditating on His Word. Not only this, but Christians should also read godly books that will aid them in their growth in Christ.
I encourage you this month to fall in love not only with reading the Word of God but also other godly books. Challenge yourself to start with daily reading your Bible and reading one book a month. By doing this, you’ll find that you are growing in your understanding of God and His Word, as well as developing a desire to love and serve your neighbor.