“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” — Matthew 6:33 (ESV)
While I am against doing things out of obligation, I do feel that the Bible is one of the best sources to hear from God. If our heart is to connect with God then it means we can connect with God through reading the Bible and prayer.
Often enough, as Christians, we can feel bad about not reading our Bibles enough. We also experience pressure from outside sources to read our Bibles more.
This post is not meant to do that.
What this post is meant to do, is give you some help to create space for you to read your Bible more. To be honest, I don’t care if you read your Bible or not. What I do care about is that if you want to read your Bible more, that I can help you do that with one little change to your daily life.
Because it is in these little tweaks to our lives that we can start to see change happen, especially if it is something we really want to change.
So, how do we read the Bible more?
Seek first the kingdom of God
A good place to start is seeking for this time to read the Bible more. If you want it, you will find it. If you can’t find it, do you really want it? This is an important question to ask. However, most of us want to seek God and His kingdom. Yet, we don’t put it first. Culturally, we are influenced to put lots of other things first. This happens a lot, that’s why we need to change the way we do things.
№1-Schedule Your Time
What I have learned is that if I schedule my time to read my Bible, I am far more likely to actually read my Bible. This scheduled time is the first thing I have put on the calendar every day. Now, I don’t always make an appointment. Sometimes I sleep in, other times my kids get up early. But the time is set.
№2-Pick Your Place
Where are you going to read your Bible? At the kitchen counter? In your easy chair? At your desk? When we pick our place ahead of time, it helps us to be able to make our appointment every day. The routine of the same time and place helps us to feel the ‘need’ to spend that time reading the Bible.
№3-Set Everything Out
Whether you do this first thing in the morning, or at your lunchtime. Have everything you want at your place ahead of time so you can jump right in and start reading. I have found this to work well to keep the routine and get into the Bible regularly.
Okay, so we know that if we schedule our time, set a place, and have everything ready to go we can read the Bible regularly. This is pretty common advice. But there is something else we need to realize when it comes to reading our Bible more.
These things will be added to you
What are the things that will be added to you? Well, we need to look back at the previous verses in order to understand exactly what it is that will be added to us.
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, more about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, the body more than clothes? — Matthew 6:25 (ESV)
The things being added to us are the things we need to survive. The passage starts with this verse above and then Jesus goes on to talk about how the birds get food and the flowers of the field look beautiful. And he ends with a question, “are not God’s children more important than these?”
It reminds us that when we seek God, his kingdom, and his righteousness first, we will know that He cares for us. It isn’t that He will provide for us if we seek his kingdom first, it is that He provides for us. And when we seek Him and His kingdom we will KNOW that He provides for us.
When Christians fall into deep moments of anxiety, oftentimes it is because we forget that God is and will provide for us.
Sure, there can be other ways that anxiety comes on, but in the moments that we start worrying about things we cannot control or find the world closing in on us, there is an answer to engage these feelings. It is knowing God and what is true about God. And we can do that by reading our Bibles regularly.
I don’t want you to read your Bible because you think you have to do it. I want you to read your Bible because you want to do it. This is the reason I wrote this post. I want to help you read your Bible more because you want to do it.
Releasing anxiety over your life is only one thing that happens when we read the Bible. We also begin to unlock the knowledge of God in our lives when we read the Bible. When we do this, it helps us experience God and his love in different ways. It will also renew our minds and change the way we interact with the world around us.