Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Dedication Required for Bible Study


Part 4 of "The Holy Bible" Series

Bible reading and study needs to become a daily habit in our lives (like having a cup of coffee every morning or watching the news at 6:00 every evening). Paul urged Timothy to do his best as a student of the Bible so that he wouldn't be "ashamed." It is shameful that so many Christians neglect the Word of God.

"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the work of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15).

How can we develop the habit of daily spending time in God's Word? Below are a few ideas:
  • YouVersion reading plans - One of the nice features of YouVersion is the option of following a Bible reading plan. Right now I'm doing the Project 3:45+ plan. YouVersion tracks your progress to see if your're keeping up with your plan or not.
  • Audio Bibles - Audio Bibles are very helpful for people who are on the move. For example, you can listen to God's Word while you're taking a walk or driving to work. YouVersion offers audio Bibles in multiple translations.
  • Don't Break the Chain! - This is a simple motivational technique that won't work for everyone, but it does work for me. You can use a regular calendar or the website. Basically, you put an X on the days you complete your task (in this case, Bible reading). The goal is to never "break the chain." If you don't think this would help you, perhaps you could get creative and come up with another way to motivate yourself.