Some people think you should study the Bible in order to know more about God. Others think that knowing more spiritual stuff somehow makes you closer to Him.
Neither is right. Knowledge without application is nothing. First Timothy 1:5 gets us on the right priority: “The goal of our instruction is love.”
If what you learn about God and His ways doesn’t increase your love for Him, then it’s worthless says 1 Corinthians 13. Regardless of the message, the end result of every discipline should be a greater love for God and for others. How is your love life these days? Are you a more loving person than you were last year at this time? Is what you’re learning from God’s Word changing you, prompting you to love God more passionately, more faithfully, more purely and consistently?
Is your love increasing for others? For your family? For the people you live near and work with? The goal of our instruction is a greater love for God and a fuller, more sincere love for others. It’s the missing piece that completes the puzzle.
Join James MacDonald in this 3-message series on the greatest commandment of all. “‘Which commandment is the most important of all?’ Jesus answered, …‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:28-31