The Basics Of Faithful Bible Reading Introduction: The Task At Hand
Looking back over our lives as Christians, what can we remember up to this point in our journey with the Lord? Maybe it is unexpected events that took us by surprise, or maybe a friend or coworker we talked to a few times about Jesus who finally gave their life to the Lord, or maybe it was a hurt that we saw the Lord heal and restore in friendships and relationships that we thought would never be like they were before they went down the drain.
These are not bad things at all, and in fact, are liberating to remember at times. We enjoy seeing good things happen; surely when we are involved. All this to say that there is a more important task we must never forget to mention and talk about in our walk with the Lord. This task I would say that without it, we are just knots on a log going nowhere, and that’s putting it graciously.
This task is indeed a must for the Child of God, and it wholistically defines the daily life, growth, and walk of a believer with the Lord Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, it doesn’t surprise me to think that most Christians today would answer this question rather dauntingly with a turn of the head and a roll of the eyes because the popular answer isn’t always easiest to admit. The question I would like to rescue so to speak from the many times it is often overlooked and unasked is this:
Have you read your Bible today?
A rather simple, lightweight question, yet with much weightiness in its anticipated answer. Whether this question has a yes or no answer, there is always follow up with questions or comments related to your answer such as, “What are you learning in your daily reading?” or “What is keeping you from daily devotion to God’s Word? You are a believer, right”?
These types of questions are piercing and convicting from our brothers and sisters in Christ but should be approached with humility, understanding, and with the goal of liberation in one’s daily reading or restoration towards continuing one’s daily reading of the Bible.
The Holy Spirit does His job in the conscience of every believer when they individually fail to do what they know is of utmost importance in their walk with the Lord. The Word of God is full of Scripture that points to a life of Godliness and how it is attained and is no small task for those who desire such a reality. The Bible also warns us of spiritual consequences such as complacency or shrinking back, when we are slack in our daily reading of God’s Word. Hence, why we cannot stress enough how vital reading the Bible is for life and godliness, and is a fountain of godly wisdom that will never run dry.
With this task at hand, together let us strive in faithfulness and good works by pressing on towards the mark of our high calling in Christ Jesus, and may our daily communion with our great Lord and Savior be evermore lovely!
May I leave us with some Scripture to carefully consider and a quote to ponder from the prince of preachers, C.H Spurgeon, as we get back to the most basic, yet most vital task of Christianity- Faithfulness to Reading the Bible!
So, whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for Him it is sin. - James 4:17 (ESV)
I would have this verse as the banner over this project series I have entitled: The Basicsof Faithful Bible Reading. This particular article will act as its introduction to this series since I have several points I would like to cover on the subject. Verse 17 ends this fourth chapter of James which is entitled “Warning Against Worldliness”. I believe this verse to be a valid driver if we may call it, for understanding the seriousness in our daily communion with the Lord as believers. May we hold fast to our hope in Christ by realizing the importance of the “must do’s” in our responsibility as believers, so that in all things Christ may be glorified!
For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from His sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account." - Hebrews 4:11-13 (ESV)
Scripture referenced in this article: Philippians 4:13 Hebrews 10:39
In your spirit, as well as in your aim, you should differ from the world. Waiting humbly before God, always conscious of His presence, delighting in communion with Him, and seeking to know His will, you will prove that you are of heavenly race." - C.H. Spurgeon
C. Ross Duncan
C. Ross Duncan lives in Maryville, Tennessee with his wife Meghan and their 3 boys. Ross loves to write and study the Bible and works at a local church in his town. By His Grace is honored to provide this platform for Ross to grow in his writing on biblical and theological matters.