My schedule, as a minister, husband, father, grandfather, musician and performer, is jam-packed. So, it becomes very important for me to prioritize my daily activities to include some time alone with my creator, my heavenly Father.
If you’re like me, daily Bible reading is one of those important things that you know you need to be doing. How else can we get to know our heavenly Father? Here are some reasons we need to be “in the Word” every day:
To live: “People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every word of God.” (Matt. 4:4).
For understanding: “As your words are taught, they give light; even the simple can understand them.” (Psa. 119:130).
To know the truth: Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32)
To be prepared/equipped: “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 straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
To grow: “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word, that ye may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:2).
To increase your faith: “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
For salvation: “The Holy Scriptures … are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 3:15).
For comfort and hope: “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).
For enjoyment: “Thy Words were found, and I did eat Them; and Thy Word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by Thy Name, O Lord God of hosts.” (Jer. 15:16).
Because He said to: “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly.” (Col. 3:16).
I don’t have the discipline to read every day, so I’ve asked a few of my friends to keep me accountable. We each read one chapter each day and email each other to let them know we’ve read for the day.
Since we started this back in April of 2004, we can definitely see a change in our relationship with God, and a much better understanding of the Bible. His Word is living and is in the process of changing us more into His image each day.
The challenge is there for you, now. Won’t you join us?
I’m also very lucky to be the proud father of two beautiful girls, one 23 and the other 14. And, I’m now a grandpa, too! They truly are the inspiration for my every day. Other than that, all you really need to know is that I realize more every day how much I need Jesus in my life. My day is spent trying to find balance between survival and abundance, crisis and celebration, faith and complete failure. With Jesus, I find that balance.
Thank you for visiting my blog. May God bless you richly.
grace & peace,