‘Tis the season for extra activities, endless shopping lists, and out-of-control eating because we’re all so stressed from the formerly mentioned activities. Come December 26th, we’ll be more than ready to get back to our normal routine and excited for the new year ahead. High on the priority list for most Christ-followers is to read the Bible more. Many will start reading through the Bible with great enthusiasm, but fizzle out before the next page in the calendar is turned.
I’ve been there. My guess is that you have been as well. Why do so many of us struggle to simply read the Bible consistently? I believe it has much to do with our motivations. It is important to pay attention to the desires of the heart, especially when we are setting out on a spiritual endeavor.
Here are three reasons why you shouldn’t put “read my Bible more” on your resolutions list this year
- I read my Bible to make God happy with me.
- I read my Bible to impress other people.
- I read my Bible to because it is what good Christians do.
If you are currently reading the Bible for any of the above reasons, don’t stop! Keep going. But as you do, begin praying and working toward a healthier perspective.
Here are three healthy reasons why you should read the Bible
- I read my Bible to build the habit.
- I read my Bible to gain a better understanding of God and His plan for my life.
- I read my Bible to worship God through responding to what I learn.