Many people right now are already struggling with their Bible reading plan. They thought that it was going to be easy, but it is harder than they imagined. Some, on the other hand, have a Bible reading plan and follow it very well. They have a designated time to read the Scriptures and they are right on time in their task.
The challenge for all of us, no matter which group we find ourselves in, is to add more to our Bible reading. To read the Bible is already a very good thing, but we need to do more than that. The writer of the Hebrews letter in the New Testament writes this about the Word of God: “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12.” Here he makes clear that the Word is living and active, it can penetrate and produce changes in our thoughts and lives. Because of that it is important for us to do more than just read it. Let me share with you what you can do to improve your Bible reading.
1. Studying the Word – The first thing that we should aim for is finding time to study the Scriptures. Reading is good. Studying is better. Get a notebook or use your computer to write your findings. Some of the apps or Bible softwares will allow you to write down your personal notes. Mark the verses, the important words, and take a look in the dictionary to find their meaning. Just spend more time with the Bible text.
2. Learning its principles – After writing down your notes, try to put the meaning together. Try to find what that text means. Learn the principles of the text. Is there something for you to do, or to avoid. Is there a important lesson that you should learn. Is this principle mentioned in another text or part of the Bible? Take note of those thoughts and findings.
3. Applying them in your lives – After learning and writing down the principles, the question is: What am I supposed to do with these principles? How can I apply them in my personal life, my family life, my professional life, etc.? Are those principles related to your relationship with God or to other people? Try to find ways that you can improve that area of your life based in the principles that you just learned from the Word.
4. Sharing them with others – Finally, after studying, learning, and applying, you will be able to share these lessons with other people. Some apps allow you to post your findings on the internet. You can share with your small group, your Sunday school class, your friends and colleagues, etc. These findings are very good conversation starters. But no matter how you do it or who you share it with, just do it. It is important that you share with others what God is teaching and sharing with you through His Word.
Have a blessed week,