My son, Jackson, approached me recently as I sat down to do some work at my basement desk. He found a Bible on the desk among a smattering of other books and asked, “Daddy, don’t you need your Bible?” Jackson’s question hit the nail right on the head and reminded me of the importance of consistent and focused Bible reading and application.
The Apostle Paul extended the same reminder when he wrote: “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly” (Colossians 3:16, NIV). In other words, the Bible is not meant just for theologians and pastors, but the Bible is meant for all of us. God meant for the biblical message and story to have a top-tier spot in our hearts. Perhaps then you have read through the Gospel of Mark during the last month, or you want to dive in to Bible reading with more consistency. Here are a few pointers that may help you find tremendous and transformative guidance from Bible reading.
- Aim to read the entire Bible from the beginning. This will help you get to know the entire story of the Bible that culminates in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. A helpful rule of thumb is to start with ten to fifteen minutes of Bible reading per day.
- Find a helpful Bible commentary, and/or read from different translations of the Bible. Contact us for any suggestions! Many helpful online tools exist for little or no money.
- Set aside a set time for Bible reading when you are free from distractions. Reading the Bible in the quiet of the morning or at night before you go to bed is often most helpful. Reading the Bible in the morning is a great way to start the pace of your day.
May the message of Christ “dwell among you richly” this week!