Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Read The Whole Bible This Year
While there are thousands of things that could be accomplished if you worked on them fifteen minutes a day for a year, from getting into shape to learning how to play an instrument, there is one that far too few people consider:
Reading the whole Bible.
You can read the whole Bible in a year by simply starting at the beginning and reading it for around fifteen minutes a day. Is there any excuse not to read through the whole Bible, the most important book in the world, when it’s that easy?
You can read the Bible for fifteen minutes in the morning when you get up, at night before you go to bed, while eating a meal or snack, or even during the commercial breaks of your favorite TV shows. The average TV show has approximately fifteen minutes of commercials per hour.
Find out what works for you. I prefer to start off the day with Bible reading, so that I don’t have to worry about fitting it in later, and so that the first influence on my mind is the Word of God.
If you want to know the specific number of chapters to read a day to get through the Bible, it’s approximately 3.3, which in practical application amounts to three chapters some days and four chapters some days.
If you already read the Bible often, but haven’t read it all the way through, and you’re wondering why you need to read the whole Bible, I’ll give a list of some of the benefits. Reading the Bible all the way through will:
- expand your knowledge of the Bible beyond the popular stories and verses that most Christians know
- give you a deeper understanding and appreciation of the stories and verses in the Bible
- help you grow closer to God as you learn more about Him and His plan for you
- help you to be a better Christian as you learn more about how God wants you to live
- help you have sound theology that is based on what God actually said rather than someone's interpretation
- challenge you by making you see the hard verses as well as the easy ones
- help you know what you believe so that you can defend your faith against false teachers and skeptics
Since I've started reading the Bible through every year, I've been blessed by all things and more.
While it is true that someone can read through the whole Bible and learn nothing due to a hard heart, it is equally true that someone with an open heart who doesn’t read through the whole Bible is neglecting the gift that God has given them. Starting today, and this year, I encourage you to read the Bible from cover to cover. Don’t let a day pass without going to God’s Word.
Have you ever read the whole Bible before? Are you going to read the whole Bible this year?