Up until the time God opened my heart to see the riches of His grace, I used to read bible to find "rules" to implement in my life. In other words, I was using bible as a "rule book".
how to behave? how to talk? how to dress? how to give? how to love? how to serve? how to please? how to pray? how to worship? how to eat? how to fast? how to tithe? how to fellowship? etc. All "how to"' s you can think of.
Bob George, in his "Growing in Grace" says, we read any other book to know the "content". But we read bible to know the "author". There is a great difference!
There are "major" things in the bible, there are "minor" things. And it's easy to get in to the trap of "majoring in minors and minoring in majors". The major thing, the very core of bible is nothing else but just one person, Jesus!
I can see many christians majoring in the "minors" like gifts, baptism, miracles etc. I am not saying we should ignore these. But, there is a danger when we compromise the majors and get in to majoring the minors.
What is the danger?
Gifts do not set us free, miracles do not set us free, water baptism do not set us free, tithing do not set us free, "dress code" do not set us free, service do not set us free.
But the "truth" sets us FREE!
Jesus said, He is the Truth.
"I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." (John 14:6)
The truth, wisdom, knowledge, all the treasures are hidden in Him.
that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians 2:2-3)
And the best way to get know Jesus is through His Word, there by finding the hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge. It is a thrill! The words of Bible makes more sense to me when I see them from the angle of "Grace". It gives me a "bird's eye view" of the Bible.
Lets focus on majoring in majors instead of majoring in minors!