Peter, James, and John fell asleep when Jesus went to pray at Gethsemane and asked them to stay in this place and keep watch. Jesus returned to them three times and found them sleeping. Mark 14:32-41
We read this story and react with embarrassment or mocking at their falling asleep, but the truth is, we are all prone to proverbially fall asleep when it comes to the disciplines of the faith.
When you awaken in the morning, visualize Jesus sitting on your living room couch. He is longing to meet with you every morning. He desires to be the first, but we sleepily walk past Him and get on with the business of our day without giving Him a moment’s thought.
Our lack of discipline causes us to fall asleep when He is waiting for us to meet with Him every morning. This is a ringing siren that we do not fear God enough to give Him the first fruit of our daily lives.
The disciplines of the faith are our first fruit. They are the stuff of which disciples are made and affirmed.
Why is bible reading such an important discipline to learn?
I would say the most important reason is found in Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than a double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
Since the word of God is living and active, meaning it is alive with the Holy Spirit; the very nature and essence of God is with us as we read His Word. It is in the reading of His Word that He shows up and corrects, rebukes, and encourages us.
Reading your bible daily is a discipline that requires perseverance and a plan.
We all live chaotic lives with pressures and demands, but the discipline of daily bible reading will pay dividends in alleviating the pressure and chaos that threaten to undo us at every turn.
Let the anchor hold! The Word of God is our anchor. It keeps us in safe harbor when the world around us is caught in the tempest.
Find a Bible reading plan and discover what works best for you in completing it.
Many might instruct that Bible reading take place first thing in the morning. However, God doesn’t care the time of day; He only cares that you consistently show up!
Any disciple maker worth their salt will instill the disciplines of the faith. The fundamental nature of disciples is to follow and model. If you, as a disciple maker, are reading your bible daily the affect will be obvious to those you disciple.
Go ye, therefore, and make disciples…. Mt. 28:19
Here are a few recommendations for Bible Reading:
- Go to Blue Letter Bible and choose a Bible Reading Plan
- Go to Bible Gateway and choose a Bible Reading Plan (available in audio format)
- Go to The Listener’s Bible; beautifully read by Max McLean (short and sweet)
- Get up an hour earlier and read in a quiet place
- Listen to the bible during your morning commute
- Find a Bible app with audio for your electronic device
- Read before going to bed
- Disciple Makers: encourage journaling when reading, then ask them to share some insights when you are together