Mark 3:4 - Reading the Bible like a Pharisee or a Follower?

Here Jesus is surrounded by people in the synagogue. Knowing some of them were looking for a reason to accuse him, he asks them a question.. 

4Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?”But they remained silent.

This question Jesus poses causes me to pause and examine why I read the Bible. Do I read it to puff up my biblical knowledge so I begin to think like a Pharisee, just checking to make sure I have the right answers to Jesus' questions? OR does it instead change my heart, influence how I love God and love others, and lead me to act more and more like Jesus? 

One of my favorite authors said it so well on an Instagram post this week... 

"Without question, biblical proficiency matters and far more churches would do well to teach their people how to study instead of just spoon feeding everyone the Word, but I am convinced that biblical knowledge is only useful to the degree it introduces us to Jesus, redeems our lives, and transforms us love God and people more. Full stop. If it has no effect on our lives toward the Greatest Two Commandments, if the way we love remains static while our biblical knowledge and pride grows, we ought to just hang it up. Show me a Christian who increasingly loves God and others and I'll show you one that truly loves her Bible, one who allows the Word to permeate her heart and soul and mind and actually change her life. 
In other words, if the study of the Word doesn't result in people looking more and more like Jesus, we're doing it wrong.
"If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing." (1 Corinthians 13:2)" --  @JenHatmaker On Instagram

Bethany