New Year’s Resolutions. Normally, I’m not a huge fan. I rarely make them myself, and I find that the people who do make them often do so in regards to their health, and give up by the end of January (no judgement, people!) This year, though, I’m proposing an easy, and profitable resolution: to spend at least 15 minutes a day reading the Word. According to this post at DesiringGod.org, that’s about as much time as it takes each day to read the entire Bible in a year.
But why am I encouraging you to do this? It’s not because, to be a Christian, you are mandated to read the Bible for 15 minutes everyday, reading a specific passage and journaling. I’m encouraging you to do this because this is where life is found. We have been given the extraordinary gift of, at any given moment, having the ability to consume the very Word of the One who created us! As 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” The map for how we are to live our lives is sitting on your bed side table, when we don’t pick it up we miss out on full life!
In addition to this, the Bible is the way that God stirs the affections of our heart for Him. Have you ever read the Psalms? They were written by ordinary people like you and me, who were so overwhelmed by the joy and glory that comes from God, they couldn’t help but share it.Reading these prayers of joy stirs the affections of my heart for my Creator. Spending time in the Word and in prayer everyday has given my greater joy than the things of this world.
For relationships to be able to grow, the people involved have to spend time together. Growing in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is done through the study of Scripture, where we learn more about Him.
So, here’s the challenge. Figure out what time of the day is best for your schedule, and spend time with Him, reading His words of life to you. On a day when you know you will be gone all day until late that night, wake up 15 minutes early and read it before the day starts. Don’t allow a busy schedule to be the reason you don’t spend time in the Word, instead, planning ahead and scheduling time in the Word into your day. Check out these two posts for more on getting in the word this year: Resolved: To Read the Bible and Bible Reading Is an Art.