Where Do I Start? (Part 3)
January 27, 2015
“15 and you know that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:15-17
Part Three: How Long?
Once you have determined the time of day you are most alert (morning person or night person) and where you can focus with minimal distractions, the next step is to decide how long you want to allow yourself to read your Bible. This will differ from person to person. We can and should learn from one another, but we should always remember that each of us are wired differently.
Here are a couple of things to keep in mind. First, remember that if you are in Christ (if you are a Christian) there is nothing you can do to get God to love you more; and there is nothing you can do that will cause God to love you less. So relax. Reading your Bible for 4 hours a day is not going to earn you more points with God. Similarly, reading your Bible for 4 minutes a day will not cause God to start loving you a little less and someone else a little more. That’s not how it works. Second, the goal here is quality time as opposed to quantity time. Yes, it is true – the more of the Bible you read, the more of God you will know and begin to understand. However, it would be much, much, much better to be fully engaged for 10 minutes, rather than scatterbrained, sleepy, and/or distracted for an hour. PLEASE keep these things in mind as I offer suggestions for length of daily Bible reading.
If you have never read your Bible by yourself and for yourself as a daily habit I suggest you begin by carving out 5 minutes. That’s it. Why? Two reasons: First, you don’t want to bite off more than you can chew and start dreading this daily time on day #2. You always want to leave wanting more. Second, I have a really good feeling you will be shocked at how fast the time goes. If you start with 5 minutes a day and do that for several weeks, you will be up to 10 or 15 minutes before you know it.
If you have tried to read your Bible daily, but have had a difficult time developing the habit, I recommend you back up, reduce the time you aimed for, and try for 5 minutes a day. Committing to 5 minutes a day for 30 days or so will get you into the habit of daily Bible reading. Again, remember: If you are in Christ, God loves you no matter what; and aim for quality over quantity.
For those of you habitually reading your Bible daily, I challenge you to increase your Bible intake. I recommend every 6 months to a year, adding another chapter or section of Scripture to what you did the year before. Or, adjust your routine with a different plan. This will keep that time with God from becoming stale or cold. It will also push you to grow in your walk with Christ.
So, let's recap:
Are you a morning person or a night person?
Where can go where you can focus and be “all in”?
How long do you need to commit to, to effectivly develop the habit of daily Bible reading?