I have 4 Bible apps, 2 Scripture memorization apps, and 2 devotional apps on my phone. At the drop of a hat, Google can point me to a passage if I remember at least one key word. It has taken the place of even the best concordance.
We have never had more access to the scripture and the tools we need to incorporate it into our lives. I even own EXAMEN.me, a web app, to help people interact with the scripture.
Yet, I bet if you ask the average church attender, this increase of access to biblical information and tools has not increased the impact the bible has in his/her life.
Sure, some are using these tools and are growing in their walk with God. But Christians are not immune to the challenges of the informational age. Namely, access to information does not automatically turn into knowledge or transformation.
TS Elliot once said,
“Where is the knowledge we have lost in information.”
My fear is that for a lot of Christ followers, the scripture is more information than knowledge.
But let me be clear. I am not talking about knowledge, as in I went to seminary and can give you a rundown of the differences in the theories of the atonement.
I’m talking about deep in your heart knowledge. Where you go beyond quoting a passage on Facebook to where you have held on to a passage through a season to know that God’s word is true.
The bible has never been easier to read. There has never been more resources to help us understand it. But please, don’t let the easy access to it make you lazy in the way you approach it.