I am a person who loves to read. If I had the time and money for books I would read about a thousand times more than I do. I realise that not everyone is a natural and passionate reader like I am.
Even for me, it is sometimes a battle to make sure that I read my Bible. However, I am always of the mind that it is essential to read it regularly and I discipline myself to do so.
I am continually shocked, not by the staggering number of Christians who fail to read their Bibles regularly but, by the many Christians who don’t feel bad about their failure in this duty. Some are professing Christians who are not really Christians, some are trying to justify themselves because that is their pattern of behaviour when confronted with their sin, and some genuinely (but foolishly) think that the little they pick up from occasional reading is sufficient.
Here are a few quick reasons for reading the Bible regularly:
It is God’s Word to man – God is important and he determines your eternal fate. Listen to what he has to say, take it seriously, live by it.
It is an amazing read and will make your heart sing and your mind expand.
If other things in your life are more important than the Bible, these things will guide your thinking and your decisions. Do you watch TV more than you read the Bible? Do you play video games or spend more time on Facebook? If you do then the odds are you don’t even know how much influence these worldly things have on you. What should influence you more?
Psalm One says that you will be blessed and you will prosper if you meditate at all times on the Word of God.
Psalm 119 says that you can overcome sin in your life by taking the Word of God into your heart.
Jesus said in John 8 that the truth of his words will set you free.
At the end of the day, what you value is what defines you. And what you truly value is what you keep coming back to regularly. If you don’t value the Words of God graciously given to you, then you are definitely not a Christian.
Why not take the time to refocus your life on Jesus and his Word this year? Show the world who you follow and be a better advocate for the truth which can save the world.
What other reasons for reading your Bible are particularly important to you?
Daily Verse Project
A 2 Year Bible Reading Plan (article and helpful suggestions)
YouVersion Bible Software – free audio options available (Bible app available on iTunes and Play Store)
Logos Bible Software (iTunes app and Play Store app also available)