Jan 19: Why Read the Bible Part 1

There are many reasons as to why we as believers should regularly read our Bibles.  In light of our Bible Reading Accountability Group (B.R.A.G.) movement, here are a few reasons to remind ourselves why it is worth spending a portion of our day in God’s Word:

  1. Because Christ died for all our sins.  For the Christian, Jesus paid it all.  In other words for those who put their trust in the gospel (Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection to pay the full penalty of one’s sin), one is called to believe that Jesus did not do a lot but in fact He did it all.  All of the believer’s sins—past, present, and future—have been paid in full at the cross…which is why we as believers live in celebration, gratitude, and obedience. Therefore, the motive in following the daily Bible reading plan is never to make God like us more.  If that is our motive then we are basing our righteousness on our performance, which will always inevitably disappoint.  Rather, we base our righteousness on the performance of Christ and Christ alone.  Build your daily Bible reading habit not so that God will accept you, but because you have already been accepted through simply believing (not working) in the gospel.
  2. Because Christ is Lord.  Since we as believers have been saved by the blood of Jesus alone, we follow and submit to Him now.  We do not simply take the benefit of His sacrifice like some sort of ‘get-out-of-jail-free card’ and live however we want.  Doing so would be like envisioning Jesus as some sort of insurance plan; we just take the benefit and leave.  But Jesus is not an insurance plan.  He is not simply our Saviour; He is also our Lord.  We cannot make Jesus simply one or the other—He is both.  We surrender to Him our entire lives by submitting to His Word because He has proved Himself worthy.  He paid it all for us.    
  3. For our flourishing, joy, peace, and spiritual growth. Scripture is full of promises that the one who abides by God’s Word flourishes (e.g. Psalm 1:1-3, Psalm 119:1, John 17:17, etc.). Like how a streetlight operates to keep people safe, God provides commands for us in His Word not to take away our joy, but in fact, to give us joy to the full (John 15:10-11).  In Psalm 16:11, David writes: “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” It is a passage that many of us may be familiar with; however, we may be lacking the experience of it in our lives.  God knows what is best for us.  Let us trust Him by spending time in His Word daily, so that it compels our hearts to praise Him like it did David. 

This week’s bible reading schedule:

Sun: Genesis 20, Matthew 19 Thu: Genesis 24, Matthew 23
Mon: Genesis 21, Matthew 20 Fri: Genesis 25, Matthew 24
Tue: Genesis 22, Matthew 21 Sat: Genesis 26, Matthew 25
Wed: Genesis 23, Matthew 22 Sun: Genesis 27, Matthew 26