I wasn’t trying to hurt his feelings when I told him that reading his bible must not be that important to him. He had just told me that he wasn’t finding any time in his daily schedule to read his bible. I told him I didn’t want to sound preachy, but if he wasn’t reading his bible everyday then it really wasn’t a priority in his life.
Reading and studying our bible ought to be a priority in our lives. If we’re not finding time to read our bible everyday then it’s not a priority in our lives. If we’re not finding time to read our bible everyday then it’s not as important to us as other things. Let me explain. We find time to eat three meals everyday because it’s important to us. It’s a priority. We find time to shower, brush our teeth and hair everyday, because it’s important to us. It’s a priority. We find time to watch a little television or sit in front of the computer everyday, because it’s important to us. We chose to make those things a priority. I could go on.
The man that I mentioned above found time for golf in his daily schedule because it was a priority in his life. So, don’t you agree that we find time in our lives to do the things that are really important to us? And if I’m not finding the time to read my bible it must be because it’s not as important as other things in my life.
So how can we make reading our bible everyday a priority? We’ve got to fall in love with God. We’ve got to want to know Him better. We’ve got to want a relationship with His Son.
Let me suggest five things that might help us in our bible reading …
- OPEN IT! If you don’t open it you can’t read it. Find a time, a place and open it. Find a place that’s best for you and open it. You’ll never be able to read it till you open it.
- READ IT! Start learning God’s word by reading it. Just read. Read it like you’d read a personal and living letter (Hebrews 4:12). Don’t analyze each word at this point just get the picture. Don’t get bogged down on things you don’t understand at this point, just read. Read a Gospel, read Proverbs or read from the Psalms, but read.
- STUDY IT! After you read go back and study it. Don’t be afraid to use other helps like Bible Dictionaries, Bible Encyclopedias or a good commentary (2 Timothy 2:15).
- OBEY IT! That’s a tall order for some people, but if you’re going to open it, read it and study it, you need to obey it. Respond to what it teaches. Don’t just be one who reads and studies God’s word, be a person who lives God’s word (Matthew 7:24-27).
- SHARE IT! Share it with others. Share it with people who don’t know about God’s word. Once it motivates you, then you motivate others (Matthew 28:18-20).
Sadly, some of us carry our cell phone more than we do our bible. We take our cell everywhere, but not our bible. We even take our cell phones to church on Sunday, but we still forget our bibles on Sunday. If we forget our cell, we go back and get it. If we forget our bible – “Oh well, maybe I’ll remember to get it next time.” Teenagers sneak their cell phones into school even though they are told to leave it at home, but they don’t think about sneaking their bibles into school. We can’t live without our cell phone and we probably have it with you right now, but do we have our bible with us right now? Shame on us for being more interested in our cellular phones than we are God’s word.
I want to make God’s word a priority in my life. I want my relationship with Him to be the most important thing in my life. May our prayer today be:
“As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God.” ~Psalm 42:1