Though I grew up in a Christian home, I never really read the Bible in a daily, consistent nor consecutive way, nor saw any importance or meaning in having a daily habit to read the Bible. But after coming to UT and meeting with Christians on Campus, I found myself surrounded with students who loved to read their Bible a lot! This was surprising to me and made me curious as to why they were reading their Bible so much. After meeting for a while I began to appreciate the Bible more and more. Firstly, I was reminded that the Bible is the word of God! (2 Timothy 3:16-17) And just like you can read someone's diary (or blog) to get to know them, you can read the Bible to get to know the Person of the Lord Jesus!
Knowing this, I became more open to reading the Bible more myself. So at the beginning of the semester, Christians on Campus started a club-wide Bible reading schedule challenge to read the entire New Testament in 90 days! I saw this as the perfect opportunity to start developing a habit to read the Bible in a consistent and consecutive way. Trust me, at first it was not easy. Like developing any habit, it took persistence and perseverance. But something really cool about the schedule they gave us, was that on the bottom there were blank spaces for names and numbers of people we could put down as companions to encourage and check up on one another to help each other along the way. This was really a BIG help.
So as the semester progressed and I was going through the Bible reading schedule, I noticed that little by little, it became easier and more natural to read the Bible everyday. It even got to the point where I would look forward to the day's reading and if I missed it, I would notice.
This made me think of this verse...
"As newborn babes, long for the guileless milk of the word in order that by it you may grow unto salvation, if you have tasted that the Lord is good." 1 Peter 2:2-3 I really began to see the Bible as a nourishment and supply that I needed everyday just like I needed physical food everyday. And just as physical food causes us to maintain our physical health and growth, reading the Bible helped maintain my spiritual health and growth!
|This basically is us :) We need to milk of the word in order to grow!|
If you have a similar experience of realizing how wonderful the Bible is, please share! :)
Also, if you ever want to make your own Bible reading schedule, there's a really great site you can do it with. (Bible reading schedule maker!)