How Often Do You Read the Bible?
Wait, what's the problem?
Ask yourself this question: "When was the last time I read the Bible?"
If you're like most people - the honest answer here is a little unfortunate. Approximately 5% of practicing Christians read the Bible on a day to day basis.
Most Christian’s are simply not reading the Bible on a daily or even monthly basis, but still want to live a devout life of Faith through God. And before you get too hard on yourself - it's not just you, it's everyone.
Just like any habit, it takes dedication and planning to set time aside each day to read the Bible. We have found that a daily habit is the easiest way to keep God in our lives. A reminder each morning grounds us and reminds us that we are created in God's image. Just as we nourish our bodies with food, we need to nourish our minds with the word of the Bible. We are reminded of this from our favorite quote from the Book of Matthew.
“Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out through the mouth of God.” - Matthew 4:4
So we first need to acknowledge that we could be better Christians. And then we need to do something about it.
"You are what you repeatedly do" is a famous quote that applies perfectly here to this situation. If you get a little exposure, every single day, to something (Bible verses, in this case) then you will be on your path to becoming a better Christian.
People have the idea that they would like to read the Bible and maybe have pulled it off the book shelf a few times. It’s simply difficult to sit down and read through it. Ask yourself - given your busy schedule, is it realistic for you to sit down and read the Bible, day after day? For most people, the answer is “No” to this question. Everyone knows where the Bible is in the house, but how often are you physically reading from it? Most Bibles go unread for years and become a decoration piece - this is not the intention of the Bible.
What can we do about it?
We live in a society that is increasingly dependent on their cell phones. With technology being deeply integrated into our daily lives - there's no reason to fight it. Instead, we can actually use technology to help and aid us in the process of becoming a better Christian. Most people spend a few hours on their phones each day and are frequently within a few feet of their phones all day. If you can't find the time to read the Bible, then maybe a daily text message is right for you!
Now more than ever, we as followers of Jesus Christ need to establish a habit to read the Bible and discuss it with others! Whether it be within your own family, your community/neighbors, Church or even online - there is no shortage of places that you can discuss the word of God.
By establishing a daily habit, at a set time, you will bring the word of Jesus into your life. For most people, this is the most realistic way to continue to get constant exposure to the Bible.