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Should You Read Your Bible Every Day?

Should You Read Your Bible Every Day?

There are a lot of shoulds in life. You should say thank you. You should bathe often. You should work hard.

Religious people love shoulds. You should look a certain way and talk a certain way and abstain from certain things. You should go where they say you should go and believe what they believe because, well, you just should.

Beware of shoulds.

I think the large majority of Christians that don't read their Bible regularly have seen it as a should. It's like the Bible is on a recommended reading list and they just haven't gotten around to it. It seems they think the Bible is for preachers and varsity Christians. (There are no varsity Christians.)

I read my Bible just about every day. I say just about because I don't want to be a liar. I miss a day here and there. But I'll tell you what, I don't like to miss days. And it's not because I keep some mental tally, nor does anyone know when I actually read it.

I read my Bible every day because I have to.

You see, I'm not a great man of virtue. I do not drip with kindness and love and self sacrifice. I am prone to be selfish and cold and prideful. But what happens when I interact with the Word of God is that I am tenderized. The Spirit who lives in me testifies to the truth as I read Scripture and I inch up a little closer to the Lord. 

Now notice an important distinction here. I am not changed as I read the Word because I've chosen be have discipline. I am not changing myself. What I am doing is putting myself in a position for the Lord to move and impress upon me this sacred text which is at once comforting, confusing, mysterious, and plain. I am not healing myself, I am going to see the Doctor.

The Bible is about Jesus from beginning to end. It isn't a road map or a self help manual. It is a glorification document which highlights the greatness of the love of Christ which is offered to us all. And this love is made manifest by the sacrifice on the cross for people like you and me. And we need to not only hear this once, but every day as long as it's called today.

So if you're like me, imperfect and lacking a perfect righteousness, reading the Bible every day is a necessity. It washes the truths of grace over my weary bones.

In closing, I want to point out that there are many ways to read your Bible. I read one chapter a day, but many people read more or less. Some people use devotionals or reading plans. It's not so much as how we administer the Word to our hearts, but that we are sure to administer it as often as possible. Not because it gives us holy brownie points, but because we need the wonderful grace of Christ and the Scriptures testify to his grace.

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