I have a confession to make. I am writing today’s post for me, not for you. You are welcome to read along and comment, but here is the truth:
When it comes to reading the Bible, I am a slacker.
Now don’t get me wrong…I read the Bible. I just haven’t been good at reading it consistently or faithfully.
Up until this New Year started, I didn’t have a plan for reading the Bible. I didn’t have a time of day set aside for reading it. I would try to just fit it in whenever and on most days whenever didn’t happen. I wouldn’t think about where I wanted to read or what I wanted to read about and I would just randomly open the Bible and start reading.
This year I am doing things differently. I have found something that is working for me when it comes to reading the Bible regularly. I have been using the One Year Bible plan found on my YouVersion app, and since I have a new Kindle Fire I have been grabbing it every morning and reading my Bible before I do anything else. The reason I like the YouVersion app is that it sends me reminders every night so if I forget to read it in the morning then I am reminded later in the day.
Now admittedly I am only a couple of weeks into this, but this is actually the longest I have gone reading the Bible on a consistent basis without a guided Bible study.
I was raised in a Christian home, and I was taught that reading the Bible was important to my relationship with Christ. But I wasn’t taught how to read the Bible.
I know some of you are probably thinking, “But you should know how to read the Bible. Just pick it up and read it.” And I understand that and I have tried that, but just picking it up and reading hasn’t been working for me.
When approaching a book like the Bible, one that has many parts and lots of information, I am learning that (for myself anyway) I have to have some sort of plan. I have to have some type of guidance as to where to start and what to read or I quickly become overwhelmed and discouraged. Then I quit reading it.
And it is important to my relationship with Christ that I read the Bible on a consistent basis.
Reading the Bible is one of the many ways that I can use to saturate my life in Christ, and it is one of the best ways to get to know Christ personally.
Reading through the Old Testament we see how God worked through the nation of Israel. We learn about who He is, His many names, and we learn about why He created us, why we live in a world full of sin and hatred, and His plans to redeem this world.
Reading through the New Testament we see His plans coming to fruition. In the Gospels we are shown how Jesus came, why Jesus came, and who Jesus is. In the rest of the books we are shown how to live in Christ. We are taught about His grace and His mercy. We are taught about the Holy Spirit and how He works in our lives.
If we aren’t making time to read the Bible, we can’t know Christ, not deeply or intimately.
If we aren’t reading the Bible, we can’t saturate our lives in Him.
If you are looking for a reading plan, there are tons of reading plans out there. The YouVersion Bible app has plans to read through the Bible in 90 days, 6 months and 1 year. I know a few other bloggers recommend the reading plans on the Olive Tree Bible app. Search the web and you will find many plans. Many Bibles have reading plans in the front of the Bible following the table of contents.
Find what works for you and stick with it. Reading the Bible is a big undertaking, but it is one that will change your life.