Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment… 1 Peter 2:2
The pure spiritual milk is the written word of God; whether it is read or listened to. When we take it in – we will experience the fullness of the Christian life that God desires for us. When we don’t – we won’t. Pretty simple stuff.
So why do so many of us not read our Bibles the way we should? Here are the top 3 excuses that I often hear along with my candid responses…
“I’M TOO BUSY.”
- Yet we have time for breakfast, lunch, dinner, watching TV, texting with our friends, hanging out on Facebook, etc. You get the idea. The truth is that we always have time for what we truly value. Saying we’re too busy to read the Bible is a lame excuse – and the sooner we admit that, the sooner we can move past it and develop a regular Bible reading habit.
- Just commit yourself to read your Bible – God will help you. Maybe it would help you to make a rule like “no Bible – no breakfast” or “no Bible – no TV.”
- It is my personal experience that if I plan to read my Bible first thing in the morning or as early in the day as possible – I am much more likely to actually read it. If I push it off to later in the day or evening, then the day gets crowded and hectic and I end up never getting around to it.
- It might help to make yourself accountable to a friend. Ask someone to follow up on your commitment to see if you actually do what you intend. We all tend to be better with follow through on our intentions when we know someone is going to be checking up on us.
“THE BIBLE IS BORING/TOO HARD TO UNDERSTAND.”
- When I hear this excuse my first question is always, “when is the last time you tried reading it?” Many people haven’t made a serious effort to read their Bible since they were a small child. Let me remind you of something: your vocabulary and reading skills have increased tremendously since that time! Give it a try again – you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised!
- Head into your Bible reading with a more positive attitude. Often our expectations tend to greatly influence our experience; in other words, if you expect to be bored or confused – you probably will be.
- Check and see what version of the Bible you are trying to use. You might be attempting to use a King James Bible given to you by your grandma 25 years ago! The King James is a beautiful, poetic and reliable translation but it’s filled with a ton of antiquated words. There are many very readable translations available nowadays – I recommend the New Living Translation (that’s the version we use at ACC on Sunday mornings).
- A great piece of advice that I was once given: don’t worry about the parts of the Bible you can’t understand – worry about the parts you do.
“I DON’T KNOW WHERE TO READ.”
- Totally understandable! The Bible is a big old book and it can be a bit intimidating and even overwhelming.
- Let me suggest, especially if you are a brand-new Bible reader, that you begin by reading the gospel of Mark. I also often suggest the book of James. If you are looking for comfort and emotional strength I highly recommend reading the Psalms.
- There are a lot of great online Bible reading plans. I strongly suggest that you spend some time looking around here: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans
These 3 excuses are just the top 3 that came to my mind. I myself have used plenty of other excuses and maybe you have too! But let’s not let any excuses get in our way of experiencing the fullness that God wants for each of us.
THE MOST SPIRITUALLY TRANSFORMATIVE HABIT YOU CAN DEVELOP IS TO READ YOUR BIBLE REGULARLY!
Now – grab a cup of coffee, find a comfy chair and get started!