Dear Christian, stop giving silly excuses on why you ain’t reading your Bible. You don’t read the Bible because you don’t love God. You claim you love and obey God, but from the look of things, he isn’t that important to you.
You have a boss to please, money to make, an exam to prepare for and a job to do. God? No, he isn’t that important. If God was important then you probably have read his Word today. Actually, every day.
It’s not legalistic to read the Bible every day. It’s not Pharisaic to have a Bible reading plan you stick to. It’s not self-righteousness to have a Bible reading schedule on your to-do list. It’s called discipline.
Discipline – something the age of deconstruction taught millennials to hate. You don’t discipline yourself so that you can earn righteousness, but because you believe God’s promises regarding the exercise.
You really think you’re embracing Christ’s grace by reading the Bible only when you feel like it? You’re not. You’re just being lazy, disobedient, and foolish. And you should be ashamed of yourself.
I got a scholarship to study in the US and left behind my wife in Zimbabwe. I called her daily and we chatted for two or three minutes. One month my phone bill was more than $300, that is 20% of my monthly income. I also sent her handwritten letters, regularly.
What if my wife didn’t read the letters, after all, we were talking daily? How would I react to that? It will be obvious that my wife had found someone else in my absence.
Here’s the truth, if you’re not reading your Bible you have found someone else.
You’re a dangerous person.
People shouldn’t trust anything you say because, without the schooling of God’s Word, your words are more venomous than a viper, more dangerous than a fox in sheep skin, and more hypocritical than a Pharisee. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speak, but your heart is empty of God’s word and full of excuses for not sparing 15 minutes in 1,440 minutes you have in a day.
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Stop blaming Abington v. Schempp for your Bible illiteracy because the SCOTUS ruling didn’t ban reading the Bible in your bedroom or restroom but in public schools. You can’t blame the government, pressure groups or lack of religious freedom for the pandemic biblical illiteracy bedevilling your Christian life. The problem is this; you don’t love God anymore.
With all the advances in technology that makes it easier to read the Bible anywhere, and anytime, yet you fail to take advantage of them. That’s sad. No, that reveals something about how you view Jesus Christ and the message of the Cross.
I wanted to write on tools and tips for personal Bible study but didn’t.
It’s not the hoe that tills the ground, but the person holding it. If the person holding the hoe doesn’t like farming and doesn’t appreciate the benefit of growing crops, giving him a tractor won’t change anything.
My wife doesn’t like reading. You’re wasting your time if you buy her a book as a gift. Even if you hide money inside the book, she won’t find it. Yet, she read my letters several times. She even kept them in her purse and travelled with them every she went. Why?
…because she loves me. Above all, even if she hates reading, she reads her Bible because she loves God.
So, then why didn’t you read the Bible today? If you have any other reason besides your love for God has ebbed, then you’re still deceiving yourself. Wake up!
Do you remember the days after you found how amazing God’s love for you is? Do you remember how sweet God’s Word was on your lips, more than honey in your mouth? Do you remember how every word Christ said was more precious than gold? What happened?
This is the Word of God to you (Revelations 2:4-5), “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.”