Have you seen any of the viral challenges going around online? There were all sorts of stunts being pulled for 15 minutes of fame. Some claimed they did it to raise awareness of issues, but often the issues were lost in the ice water buckets being poured over people. I have a new challenge to propose.
Christianity Today recently reported research by Lifeway: “We’ve released new research as part of the Transformational Discipleship study that shows only 19% of churchgoers personally (not as part of a church worship service) read the Bible every day.“
That research was based on the transformation church assessment tool and Bible study. Lack of daily Bible reading, not to mention studying, is a growing problem. God’s word is sufficient for all we are to believe and do. Yet how can we know what God expects if we don’t study His word? He speaks to us of this in 2 Tim 3:16-17 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for [a]instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” NKJV
God’s word is profitable for us! It is good for doctrine. Doctrine is what we believe and teach. It is good for reproof and correction. God’s word sets a standard and points out when we are not living up to God’s standard of righteousness. The word is good for instruction. It teaches us more about God and His expectations. Finally, it completes and us equips for every good work. We believe in the sufficiency of the Scripture. God’s word alone provides all we need to know and do to please and glorify God.
So why don’t we make reading it a priority? We must get back to the word of God. The wisdom of God’s word is timeless and applies to every day of our lives.
Join me in a challenge that will make a real difference. Let’s read the Bible every day!