“Books are the legacies that the generation leave to mankind, to be delivered down from generation to generation as gifts to the living, and those yet unborn” [John Addison]. We as Christians have access to the greatest deposit of sound, scriptural, and spiritual books in the history of the church. What an inestimable wealth of Christian literature is available to us today.
It is a sad and serious thing that these treasures are neglected. There is so little edifying reading among many of God’s people. One of the less-noticed injunctions of the New Testament is Paul’s word to Timothy, “Give attendance to reading” [1 Timothy 4:13]. How many realize that profitable reading is a Christian duty? We are to cultivate a love of good reading.
What an example Paul sets. Imprisoned in Rome he writes to Timothy to bring his books to him [II Timothy 4:13]. Yes, even an inspired apostle must read. He has preached for some thirty years. He has been the penman of the major part of the New Testament. He has enjoyed greater and deeper spiritual experiences than most saints, yet diligently in the prison cell, he will give himself to reading.
“Read the most useful books, and that regularly and constantly” [John Wesley]. “You need to read. Renounce as much as you will all light literature, but study sound theological works, especially the Puritans, and expositions of the Bible” [C.H. Spurgeon].
Above all read the Scriptures of truth. In all reading do not neglect the divine Fountainhead. Be a “Bible Moth,” as the early Methodists, who lived in their Bibles, were derisively called. [Rev. Michael Patrick].