“When it comes to daily (or not-so-daily) Bible reading, January 1 can be a welcome arrival. A new year signals a new start. You’re motivated to freshly commit to what you know is of indispensable importance: the Word of God. Yet this isn’t the first time you’ve felt this way. You were entertaining pretty similar thoughts 365 days ago. And 365 days before that. And 365 days … you know how it goes. So what’s going to make 2015 different?”
Encouraging the habit of consistent Bible-reading, Smethurst suggests five approaches to avoid if we hope for a better outcome in 2015.
- Don’t Overextend
- Don’t Do It Alone
- Don’t Just Do It Whenever
- Don’t Live as if Paul Lied
- Don’t Turn a Means of Grace into a Means of Merit
I highly recommend you read what Smethurst has to say before embarking on another ambitious attempt to read through the Scripture once, twice or three times this year. Read the article here.
If you are already committed to establishing the habit of daily Bible-reading, but are not sure how to approach it, I recommend What Is Your Bible-Reading Plan for 2015? by Tim Challies. Here you will find a wide assortment of Bible-reading plans. You are certain to find something suitable for your circumstances.
Whatever approach you take, remember the journey begins with the first step. Let’s make 2015 a year in which we see genuine spiritual growth as we are transformed by the renewing of our mind (Romans 12:2) as we immerse ourselves in God’s holy word.