With the new year often comes a desire to be better, to do better, to just… better. Each year, many followers of Jesus make a commitment to more Bible reading, and this is an admirable resolution. This year, what if we didn’t just want to read the Bible MORE, but read the Bible BETTER?
God’s word comes first, because God comes first. He acts first. We did not create the world or ourselves. And we do not initiate the Christian life; he does. First he speaks, and then we respond in prayer. First he speaks, and his word creates a people called the church. Marry the Bible this year, and it’s only a matter of time before God’s word lights a fire in you to respond in prayer. Marry the Bible this year, and you won’t long keep to yourself, but will soon feel compelled to lock arms with others as his word not only feeds you, but gives you bread to share, with baskets left over.
If we don’t “discipline ourselves for the purpose of godliness” (1 Tim. 4:7–8), we sin and our hearts grow cold. Reading the Bible won’t automatically make you more godly, but you won’t grow in godliness without the Word. It’s wise to humbly aim at helping yourself and others grow in godliness.
A plan is important… but the plan isn’t the most important thing. Whatever plan you choose, choose to read the Bible with these three things in mind…
- Humility– We need God’s Word and we need God’s Spirit to illuminate His Word for us. Humbly pray over Scripture, humbly pray through Scripture, humbly submit to scripture.
- Read for Transformation– not just information. The goal is to grow in godliness and as a disciple/ follower of Jesus. Information and knowledge is important, but transformation is the end/ ultimate. You must get to the point of a passage of Scripture in order to be transformed by it. (Check out this article of 5 Steps for Finding the Point of Any Passage of Scripture – Robert Kinney (9 Marks))
- Community– Read with accountability. Find someone to read with, to encourage each other in the reading of God’s Word.
READING PLANS FOR 2018
Here is the New Plan I am using in 2018…