This time last year, I decided to do something I’ve never done before: select a Bible reading plan and commit to it for the entire year.
I’m honestly not sure if that’s the kind of thing you’re supposed to admit as a pastor! In my own defense, finding time to read the Bible daily has been part of my life for years – I’ve just always rebelled against a structured plan. I usually read through a book verse by verse and when I finish one book, I jump to another. That approach has worked fine, but I felt like I was missing something. So, I decided to follow a read through the Bible in a year plan. And I loved it! The structure forced me to explore some books I hadn’t read in a while. And the discipline it brought helped me stay on track. I enjoyed it so much that I’m doing another plan this year (The Robert Murray M’Cheyne Calendar).
Are you willing to commit to something similar in 2016? I honestly believe it’s one of the most important decisions you can make and one that will reap huge rewards in your life!
If you’re in, here’s what you need to do between now and Friday:
- Select a plan. There are so many to choose from and the YouVersion app and website has most of the major ones.
- Select a partner. Just like working out, you’re going to be more faithful if you have a partner who can provide you some accountability. Whether it’s your spouse, life group or a close friend, let them know the plan you’ve selected and ask them to hold you accountable.
God’s Word is a limitless treasure. The more we’re in it, the more we love it. The more it’s in our hearts and minds, the more we become like Jesus. So, for your good and God’s glory, make 2016 the year where you get into Scripture like never before!