Do you do daily devotions?
Not weekly. Not monthly. Not never-ly. Daily?
That’s a HUGE discipline to master. If you can get disciplined about daily devotions, you’ll be ahead of most of the world—including many Christians! I’m encouraged to see on my Bible app how many people completed various Bible reading plans this year. It’s good to know that there are lots of Christians reading God’s Word.
I’ve heard someone say that the person who DOESN’T read is no better off than the person who CAN’T read.
There are people in your life—present AND future—who need you to read. They will be counting on you to become a reader as you lead and help others. If you read nothing else… read your Bible.
On Wednesdays we’ve been discussing how to do that. We just launched our BIBS devotionals. We’re about three days in, now.
How’s it been going? Have you missed a day or two? That’s okay! Just pick it back up this afternoon!
Let me be ultra-super-clear. Again, this is NOT a shame thing. This is NOT a competition. This is NOT a test. There are NOT right or wrong answers, so you won’t be able to look better or worse than others in the class. Shame and “testing” turns into lying and cheating. We do NOT want that… this is your BIBLE we are talking about!
Our BIBS devotional series on Wednesday nights is about encouraging Christians to get in God’s Word. That’s it. We’re providing a resource that is clearly laid out for you, and it takes SLOW people about 20 minutes to do. If you’re a slow reader, that’s about the maximum time it takes (which isn’t much). For an average reader, we’re talking about 15 minutes of reading.
I realize some of you were already doing daily devotions, and that’s great! We started BIBS at the end of 2015 thinking that your annual reading plans might be finishing up soon (I just finished my Bible reading plan on Friday morning).
So, for your own sake, and the sake of others who count on you being a REAL Christian—inside and out—develop the habit of daily devotions. If you can do that, you’re on the path of God’s promised blessing of abundant Christian living (John 15).