If you attend a Bible study will not give you eternal life. You could memorize the entire Bible and be able to discuss the smallest issues of biblical scholarship and yet fail to experience the truths found in its pages. It is a subtle temptation to prefer the book to the Author. A book will not confront you about your sin; the Author will. Books can be ignored; it is much harder to avoid the Author when He is seeking a relationship with you. We could take this a step further and say we could worship the messenger and ignore the message. Bottom line is that not matter our form of spirituality, it requires relationship and change.
The Pharisees in Jesus’ day thought God would be pleased with their knowledge of His Word and following action of the law. They los the heart of the word when they lost the relationship with the Author. They could quote long, complicated passages of Scripture. They loved to recite and study God’s Law for hours on end. Yet Jesus condemned them because, although they knew the Scriptures, they did not know God. They were proud of their Hebrew Bible knowledge, but they rejected its invitation to know God.
Can you imagine yourself knowing all that God has promised to do in your life but then turning to something else instead? You may turn to substitutes. These substitutes aren’t necessarily bad things. They might include serving in the church, doing good deeds, or reading Christian books. No amount of Christian activity will ever replace your relationship with Jesus. Paul considered every “good” thing he had ever done to be “rubbish” when compared to the surpassing value of knowing Christ (Phil. 3:8). We have to understand want to let go of to know what is truly great. I pray that we never become satisfied with religious activity rather than a personal, vibrant, and growing relationship with Jesus.