To grow as a Christian, you need to put what you read in the Word into practice—to take what God says at face value and do what He says to do. “If you know these things,” Jesus said, “blessed are you if you do them.”1
When you read about Jesus showing love and consideration to all men, ask Him to help you be more like Him in that respect, and He will.
When you read about Jesus humbly serving those He was leading into the kingdom of heaven, and He says, “I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you,”2 believe that He is talking to you. Become a “slave of all,” and you will be great in His eyes.3
When you read “whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight,”4 do your best to obey and please the Lord, and see Him answer your prayers wonderfully.
When you read that it is more blessed to give than to receive,5 give of yourself and your material things to others in need, and watch God repay you many times over.6
When Jesus says, “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you,”7 let Him use you to share the good news of salvation through Jesus with others, and see Him transform lives before your very eyes.
Be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.—James 1:22-25
You can read all the Word you want, but if it doesn’t come to life by the Spirit, it’s not going to do anything! You can quote it word for word right out of the Bible, but if you don’t live it in love, it won’t do any good.—Maria Fontaine
Love the author, love the book
There once was a young woman who read a certain book and remarked to a friend that it was one of the dullest books she had ever read. Not long after this, she met a young man with whom she promptly fell in love.
One evening she said to him, “I have a book in my library which was written by a man whose name is the same as yours. Isn’t that a coincidence?”
“I don’t think so,” he replied. “I wrote that book.”
The woman sat up half that night, rereading the book. This time, she thought it was the most interesting book she had ever read! What made the difference? She now knew and loved the author.—Dr. Howard W. Pope, adapted