It is hard to over-estimate the importance of reading God’s Word. For a believer, there is no better way to abide in Christ, than to read his Word. Through our abiding in Christ (which includes reading God’s Word), we bear fruit. There are 2 kinds of fruit we bear: internal fruit (the fruit of the Spirit) and external fruit (other people coming to Jesus. Verse 7 tells us that a key to remaining in Jesus is reading God’s Word. This, in turn, gives us the promise of answered prayer.
Another benefit of keeping God’s Word in us is that it produces joy in our lives. Now, reading is not the only way to keep God’s word in us, memorizing and meditating are other ways to remain in Christ. Finally, we are not just to put God’s Word into our minds, but we are to put it into practice in our lives. Apart from applying God’s Word, reading God’s Word accomplishes nothing!
(You will find our 2020 Bible reading schedule attached to this message as notes.)