Over the last several months I’ve been participating in something new at our church called Community Bible Reading (CBR, you can find it in your app store). You may be like me in that I struggle to maintain a regular rhythm of scripture reading, but my experience with the CBR has been very helpful and insightful. I would like to share a short thought with you about it.
Now first let me say that Bible reading wont save you. Is it important to read the Bible? YES! But should it be something you do to just check off a list? No! So why should we read the Bible? The answer I found has set me free from a legalistic approach to Bible reading and encouraged me to read as a need and not a requirement.
Have you ever read the Bible and found its story somewhat foreign? Why do we feel that way? To break it down very simply, it’s because we don’t believe we are living the same story the Bible tells.
See the Bible tells us a grand story; A God who created everything, a creation who rebelled, a savior who redeemed, and a promise that death will be no more. But the world tells us so many other stories. One example would be: There is nothing but us, get everything you can, because tomorrow we die. Do you see how each can cause us to live distinctly different?
We feel the narrative of the Bible is foreign because we’re so disconnected from its story. Over the last several months though I’ve come to feel more connected to the Bible’s grand story because I’ve see it daily in the texts that I read. I’m reminded daily that I’m not amazing only God is. I’m reminded that the world’s problems don’t stem from bad politics but rather sin. I’m reminded that my purpose is not a paycheck but rather to preach the gospel and make disciples.
So why do I read my Bible? Not so God will love me more. Not to appease my conscience because of my sin. But rather I read the Bible to remind myself what’s true in this life, because so many lies abound around me. It is so easy to get caught up in lies. I daily need to be reminded of the truth that’s found in the scriptures.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
I would encourage you to join me in this Bible reading journey. Go ahead and download the CBR app and lets read thru the scriptures together. Click on the Connect tab and let me know you would like to join the journey too. Blessings!