What are you going to commit to this lent?
Posted by Sarah Farling, 05 March 2019
Tuesday is the day when it is perfectly acceptable to eat pancakes for any (or every) meal, but what about Wednesday?
Are you going to give up something for the 40 days that symbolise the 40 days that Jesus spent being tempted in the desert? How are you going to prepare for the celebration of Easter? Are you planning on taking something on rather than giving it up?
We would recommend that you commit to reading the Bible every day throughout Lent. You could say that it is not surprising we suggest this as we are Biblica – The International Bible Society. The Bible is our thing! But there is more to it than that…
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and that reading/listening to His word will transform our lives. But there is a difference between having a copy of the Bible and actually engaging with it. There is a difference between a Bible sitting on a shelf in our home, or as an app on our phones, and us setting aside time to read and connect with God.
Lent is a great structure to help us commit (or recommit) to spending time in God’s Word everyday. It is a set time and a fresh start all at the same time. It is a time to grow closer to God.
So where do you start? There are hundreds of reading plans out there and we have produced some resources that you might find useful (Link to CBE)– but ultimately you just need to start.
- Set aside a short time everyday.
- Start your time by praying to God. Ask Him to reveal more of himself through your reading and to aid your understanding.
- Read a verse, a passage, a page or a book. Read what you can manage.
- Take a few minutes to reflect on what you have read.
- And then the next day, do it again!
It is good to remember that If this was easy, we all would do it everyday – in the same way that we would all only eat the foods that were good for us and find time to exercise just the right amount recommended. Reading the Bible everyday will involve dedication and sacrifice. Maybe that is sacrificing time spent scrolling through Instagram, or watching TV, or even time in bed. Sometimes it will feel like a battle, but like anything truly precious, we believe that spending time in God’s word is something worth fighting for.
So this Lent, we encourage you to make the decision and commit to reading the Bible everyday. Let the next 40 days be a time you remember as a time you grew closer to God through His Word.