Are you prepared to grow in the Word in 2016?
I don’t know about you, but this is the time of year when I’m most reflective on the weeks and months that have passed. One of the things I contemplate the most is my Bible reading habits. Admittedly, by this time of the year I’ve either completed or quit some Bible reading plan. Or a few. Maybe you can relate.
I’m not talking about a daily devotional or meditative reading of Scripture or commentary, I mean a good old fashioned, chapter and verse Bible reading plan. Why is that important?
Without going into specific plans, let’s consider why consuming the word of God is a non-negotiable in the life of a Christian.
Why We Should Digest God’s Word
You already knew that I would answer that with Scripture, right? There are many verses that answer why we need to consistently read the Bible, here are a few examples that Jesus gives…
1. Abiding in His Word
“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”” John 8:31-32
2. Keeping the Word of Christ
“Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”” John 14:23
3. The Word of Eternal Life
“But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4
“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” John 6:63
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” Matthew 24:35
I’m sure you’ll agree that Jesus gives some compelling reasons for you and I to not just read God’s word, but to know it. And to do that, we’re going to need to have a plan. My next posts will cover some plans and we’ll look at some tools, but sometimes it’s just as important to have a why before the plan so that the action may persist.
Do You Have a Bible Reading Plan?
I’m pretty certain most Christians would agree that they desire to grow in the word in the new year. It’s probable a fairly common new year resolution among believers.
If that’s you, then do you already have a plan in place? What do you do when you get sidelined by the busy and unexpected stuff in your life? Which Bible reading plan have you enjoyed, or hope to use in the new year? Let me know in the comments below and in the coming weeks I’ll feature some Bible reading plans in time for the new year.