You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life. (John 5:39-40)
This is such an interesting scripture verse. I would hazard the guess that most people, if they feel they should become "a better Christian" or "See what this Christianity thing is all about" would pick up a Bible to study it. Not that they shouldn't! I've been going through my daily Bible studies because it is imperative to know the living Word of God.
But what this verse does is remind us all that the true purpose of studying the Bible isn't just to "know" it. If you can quote every last word of scripture, but you don't have a personal relationship with Christ, what good is the Bible going to do you?
So this is my brief thought today. Study the Bible, for it is the Word of God. But study it with the purpose of getting to know God, the author and perfector of our faith, our creator, our loving father, our savior, lover and redeemer. That's what you should be taking away from the Bible.