WHY DON’T I READ MY BIBLE

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 …

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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).
  5. 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

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. TREY MORGAN says:

    Sorry, I was feeling a little preachy today!!!

    :)

  2. skt says:

    OUCH……!!! But thanks. I have my bible on my computer desktop but it seems easier to do anything else than to take time to read when all I have to do is “click”.

  3. Monalea says:

    Some days it’s good to Preach! This was a good day! I read my Bible every day, but sometimes struggle wanting to do other things. I finally realize that when I watch ‘Monk,’ mess with a blog, email, visit on the phone and don’t pick up my Bible first, that I have just made TV, blogging, emailing, phone, etc. etc. etc. come before God. I have just made these things my idols; so remembering this keeps me motivated to read, read, read, read.

    Does Preaching run in the family????

  4. TREY MORGAN says:

    Monalea,

    Preaching does run in the family and you got more than your share. :)

  5. DJG says:

    I feel like I am really drifting if I don’t get around 30 minutes a day in. I use my commute to listen to my Bible on CD. I don’t allow myself to turn on anything else in the mornings, although I will sometimes listen to other things in the afternoon and at night. But, you are right, we must make it an important part of our life….or we won’t do it.

  6. john dobbs says:

    Amen! This will be in our church bulletin this week (although I had to edit it for space) … and of course with a link back to treymorgan.net!

  7. Monalea says:

    Trey,
    I am smart enough to see the (nervous) smiley face at the end of your comment!!!!

    Signed,
    Your great and wonderful sister, Monalea

  8. Anonymous says:

    DAWG!!!
    you brought it today!

    brian

  9. TREY MORGAN says:

    Brian,

    It wasn’t a little pitchy?

    :)

  10. TREY MORGAN says:

    John,

    Feel free to edit anything you want brother.

  11. Danny says:

    Preach on Trey!

    Good article for everyone to read.

  12. Baptist Man says:

    Great post with great and convicting thoughts. Any Christian who doesn’t want to listen to preaching doesn’t want to grow.

    That cell phone comparison hits most people right between the eyes! (Including me!)

    -Chris

  13. Messianic Gentile says:

    Priority. Yes!

    Reading. Not necessarily.

    It seems I am your resident heckler. I apologize for that. I wish neither offense nor even to be contrary -honestly. But I make a distinction here that you don’t, and it is something I find myself saying often. So I will offer it here too.

    I am completely with you 100% on the issue of making the Bible a priority in our lives. But I might better say making Christian living a priority (which would involve Bible study at some level). But Bible “reading” is a relatively new concept in the history of humankind, and it is not, therefore, all it is cracked up to be. (Your point is still arguable actually, but must be worked at on grounds other than prima facie).

    Throughout the times described in the Bible, regular people could not read to themselves. And for that matter, scribes who could read, did not typically read silently to themselves either. This made Bible reading a communal thing. And I think that is as important as the reading itself. Not that getting together without the Bible is as important, but that the two concepts put together make a NEW THING happen that is important.

    And I am all for prioritizing our lives for that!

    So, hear me carefully, I am saying Amen to the post, but with more weight on it than just the idea that you or I might read our Bibles quietly to ourselves every day. I am saying yes to Bible reading in a communal context. And in that I think we ALL FALL SHORT. Who wouldn’t rather watch Bonanza on TV than get together to read Bible? Only those who do not make it a priority!

    Imagine God’s people all through ages past gathered round grandpa (or the synagogue leader etc) to hear the word of God – most of which is in story form – unfold in our minds eyes. I mean, when the day’s labor is finished, you can relax on the porch in the swing listening to the story of the world drip off grandpa’s tongue. It could shape you (dont we say this about TV and youth?) and thus your community! If…. it was a priority.

    Imagine….

    Jesus is Lord!

  14. TREY MORGAN says:

    MG,

    You should know by now I don’t fell heckled. If you were actually disagreeing that might be one thing, but basically your adding to something written here and taking it to another level. If I understand you correctly.

    I mean the last thing I’d like to believe is, that you were against bible reading and study. Surely you would want me to learn more about God, His grace and His love. Surely you’d not want me to miss the cross and Jesus’ sacrifice for my sins. Where would I learn about being a Christ follower and serving like Christ if it wasn’t for reading about it in His word? Where would I learn? How would I grow? How would I know what to obey? Bible reading is essential. The Bible is where I learn to eat spiritual meat and not just be satisfied with spiritual milk. Again, I see Bible reading, learning, obeying, sharing all as essential.

    It’s hard to disagree with that, isn’t it? Unless we want to become a people who just trust others to tell us what we should believe. (We’ve done that for too long already).

    Blessings

  15. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Ok, enough all ready, I’ll try to find it…
    Kathy

  16. lisa leichner says:

    Ha — yeah, right, Kathy. We all know you know exactly where it is. (o;

    It’s not a bad point that MG makes. It’d be good for us to enjoy getting together for the sole purpose of reading the Bible together. I kinda like to imagine the “olden days” when families all sat around the fire and read the Bible together.

    But really, MG, stop giving Trey such a hard time!! (o;

    Great post, Trey. I don’t think it’s bad for a preacher to occasionally preach on his blog. I know I needed the kick in the pants. if I’m feeling defensive about it, there’s probably a reason for that — that I needed to hear it!

  17. TREY MORGAN says:

    Lisa … I think it would be awesome to sit around and hear stories like that too. I’d even like to hear a story from an old Christian of how God has worked in their lives.

    Did you find it Kathy?

  18. Anonymous says:

    here’s a thought question,
    if we had to choose between the Holy Spirit and the written Word….which would we take???

    serious brian

  19. Messianic Gentile says:

    Brian,

    Would God ever pit the two against each other?

  20. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Oh, I just know it’s around here some where. I guess I’ll have to keep using Quickverse.
    Kathy

    Actually, I have one on my CPU, one on the dresser, one in the van, one marking my spot on the pew… Now if they are gathering dust or I’m gathering knowledge is a different question.

  21. The Preacher's Household: says:

    MG
    I am all for sitting around listening to Granpa’s stories of Truth. But Leviticus must have been rough on the kids’ attention span.
    Kathy

  22. nb says:

    Great suggestions, Trey.

    When I first began to really read the Bible, I started with John. It was a good place to start – for me.

    The weird thing is, before I really started reading the Bible, I thought I knew what was in it. Boy, have my ideas changed!

  23. Messianic Gentile says:

    Kathy,

    I have heard old folx, I think Fred Craddock in particular, remember when they were kids it was a big deal when “daddy would let us skip over the genealogies”. And I understand that some scripture is more exciting than others. I understand that watching Bonanza or A-Team is more exciting. Even taking your vitamins is more exciting. But not in the hands of a good Rabbi.

    In the hands of Craddock, a sermon on the genealogy is exciting. And communities shaped by the scripture are exciting. I personally would skip Leviticus, until Rob Bell comes to town. (As I hear it, Bell started a church in Michigan with all unchurched people. On the first Sunday he did not know if a single person would come. But they packed the house and quickly had to find a new venue to hold the crowds and he started by preaching LEVITICUS!)

    It can be done. Not by all of us, but by some. And those who can, should become our scribes, reading to us. And those who can’t do Leviticus, should skip it for something we can do. (Save Leviticus for those who have a black belt in Pentateuch! 😉 ).

    But my point here is not Christian nostalgia. It is about community and imagination. The church is the body of Christ. We are the image bearer of Creation. We set the pace for the world’s redemption. The world (the dirt, trees and dolphins as well as lost souls) is depending on the image bearer. This means we must have community and imagination, which is shaped by God’s word and empowered by his spirit. I am talking about a different substance than what we have traditionally thought of as church. We are not a conglomeration of individuals meeting to “stand and sing” and read “the owners manual” as if the whole thing were a machine that “gets you saved” on an individual basis.

    We are a New Creation. And we bear God’s image in his New Creation. As we make up the Body of Christ. And that requires a number of things, none of which have anything to do with Bonanza or golf, and which is entirely shaped by God’s word.

    I am rambling now. I hope I have gravitated your spirit to the previously unimaginable possibilities.

    Jesus is Lord!

  24. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Trey,
    Great post. I love Kathy’s humor but she like most of us really does have a Bible in all those places. It is sad we have so many and sometime read so little.

    I struggle with the every day thing. Yes we feed ourselves everyday. I do get busy and skip a meal every now and then. One thing I picked up a number of years ago was instead of taking a daily reader count to take a regular reader count. I agree about making it a priority, but sometime it becomes Pharisaical.

    MG, interesting you mentioned Craddock. I just wrote a paper on him for a class. He has a great deal to say. The story is told that one of the president had to read through the Bible on a regular basis and was told he could skip the genealogies.

    One last observation, I do recall someone somewhere sayings something about not neglecting the public reading of scripture.

    James

    Kenneth Wyatt an artist/poet close to Tulia who painted “When Daddy Got the Bible Down” and wrote a poem to go with it.

    Kathy

  25. john dobbs says:

    MG, Rob Bell is hard to beat … and the only criticism I have heard of him that holds weight is that the story of the starting of their church is not quite the way he remembers it. It is a church plant with a number of people from the church where they came from. I know it’s a small point … but … it is good to know how it really went. He knew his team of about 100 would be there on the first day. He just didn’t know how many more would be there. Technicalities.

  26. Keith Brenton says:

    Actually, I’ve never been that keen on Bonanza. Or the A-Team.

    But why make any of this an either-or?

    Why not look for elements of God’s story while watching TV and point them out to our kids and each other?

    * * *

    What I need to learn to do is not just read the Bible – but to read it without an agenda.

    Thanks for the reminder, Trey.

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