Only 16 percent of Christians recently polled said they read their Bibles daily. Now, reading your Bible daily will not gain you brownie points with God, but it will change your life. For all of us, reading the Bible completely through is a bit intimating. We get bogged down in the book of Leviticus and never seem to recover.
We know that God’s Word makes us wise for salvation (2 Timothy 3:14-15). We concur that it is the means by which we are born again (1 Peter 1:23). God’s Word thoroughly equips us to serve the Lord (2 Timothy 3:17). God’s Word is a weapon we weld in the raging spiritual battle we encounter every day of our lives (Ephesians 6:17-18). God’s Word is basically His love letter to us by which we cultivate a friendship with God. Yet, we struggle to give it it’s rightful place in a our daily schedules.
In light of that, let me encourage you to resolve to read through the Bible this year by picking one of the methods for Bible reading. I really like the Discipleship Journal method from the Navigators since it gives you days in the year to catch up on your reading when you have fallen behind. Nathan Bingham of Ligonier Ministries has collected on one webpage various methods for reading the Bible.
May the Lord bless you and yours in the coming year and may 2012 be a year of unprecedented spiritual growth for us all!