I am constantly looking for the easiest way to do things, some might say I am lazy, others might say I am efficient. But over time I have discovered there is no easier way to have a vital relationship with Jesus, it takes hard work and dedication. I can't read a book and copy what the author did to have a vital relationship with my heavenly Father, I must dig deep and study His word for myself. So often times I feel reading a book about the Bible or about Jesus is the same as studying His Word for myself. I can read numerous books about playing the piano, I can read about being a concert pianist, I can read about someone else who experienced great success as a pianist, but when I sit down in front of those ivory keys does that mean that I am a concert pianist? Does that even mean I know how to play, I think not! I must devote myself to playing the piano, hard work and dedication, sacrifice, those are the things that make me better, not reading about anothers hard work and dedication. Am I going to be content playing chopsticks, reading about some one else playing Bach?
Studying God's word is much the same. I can read about how Kay Arthur, Beth Moore (no offense to these ladies) study God's word and I can even benefit from their study, but until I study for myself, I will always be dependant on others and will never move past playing chopsticks. God's intention is not for us to be dependant on those we consider super Christians, but our dependence should only be on Him. Reading his Word for myself, seeking His will for my life and not jumping at the latest Christian book or Christian fad bandwagon! Oh it requires hard work, devotion and sacrifice, but the end result is worth it! I get to experience Him for myself! Am I going to be content reading about the relationship of others with God, or am I going to have a relationship with Him that is all my own?