Let the Bible Transform, Not Just Inform

“Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

Matthew 7:24 (NIV)

Did you know studying the Bible can be dangerous? In fact, the results of Bible study could be disastrous!

Sounds strange, I know. But God intended for us to apply the Bible to our lives—not just read it. So when you read God’s Word but don’t apply it, the foundation of your life may crumble. 

At the end of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock” (Matthew 7:24 NIV). That wise man’s house stayed strong through the storm.  

But then Jesus spoke about someone else: “Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand” (Matthew 7:26 NIV). You probably know how the story goes: The foolish person’s house collapses during the storm.

God has given you the Bible for transformation, not just information. When you apply it, you’re building a firm foundation for your life. 

Here are three more reasons it’s important that you apply God’s Word to your life:

1. Knowledge produces pride if you don’t apply truth to your life. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 8:1, Knowledge puffs up while love builds up” (NIV). Christians can be the most cantankerous, evil, mean-spirited, critical, judgmental people the world has known—if we never take the extra step and apply the Bible to our lives. That’s because knowledge on its own produces pride. Instead, God wants you to apply that knowledge in love.

2. Knowledge requires action. James 1:22 says, Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (NIV). What a person knows should be reflected in what that person does. You can’t grow spiritually just by taking notes on a Bible study. God expects you to follow his commands—they’re not optional!

3. Knowledge increases responsibility. The Bible says, Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it” (James 4:17 NLT). When you study the Bible, God will show you areas of your life that need to be changed. And once he shows you those areas, he’ll hold you responsible for what he’s shown you. A deeper knowledge of Scripture equals a greater responsibility to follow it.

As you study and apply God’s Word, you’ll be building a strong foundation that will keep you steady during life’s storms. 

Talk It Over

  • What do you do with your sermon notes once you leave church or with your Bible study notes once your quiet time is finished? How can you use them to help you apply God’s Word to your life?
  • Think about your words and actions of the last hour. Do they reflect what God has been teaching you lately from his Word?
  • What has God called you to do through your study of his Word that you still need to follow through on?

Where will you spend eternity?

God proved his goodness through his Son, Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 CSB).

Are you ready to trust God to fulfill his promise of eternal life? If so, pray this simple prayer: "Dear God, I believe Jesus Christ is your Son. I confess I have sinned, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus died to take away my sins and that you raised him to life. I want to trust Jesus as my Savior and follow him as Lord from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen."

If you just prayed to accept Jesus, please email me at use [email protected] and let me know about it. I’d like to send you some free materials to help you start your journey with Jesus.

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