When I read the Bible I am always conscious that God may want to speak to me through it. As I read a chapter a day I try to ask myself a number of questions. Here are some that may help you in your readings.
- Is there an example for me to try to follow?
- Is there a clear command that I should obey?
- Has someone made a mistake I can learn from?
- Is there a sin mentioned that I need to avoid?
- Is there a promise I can claim for my situation?
- Does this teach me something new about God?
- Does this teach me how to be closer to God?
- Does this give me guidance that I can follow?
I find that when I read a passage and I am asking these questions, I am more open to God to speak and teach me something new.
One of my favourite verses I think about when I am serving or working comes from Colossians 3:23. It says, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people”.
Whatever I do in this life I always try to remember this verse. I may be serving my employer, my church or someone in the street, but ultimately I am doing it for God.
Having this attitude makes me want to serve the best I can. It makes me want to strive hard to dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s as the old saying says. It makes me want to go the extra mile and not leave things half done.
I want to serve the best I can because God has been so good to me and He has blessed me so much. It is not to gain favour with Him or to gain a reward. It is out of a genuine thankfullness of heart.
So wherever you find yourself today, serve as though all you do is serving in the very presence of the King. No matter how big or small your task, see it as serving in the King’s court…because ultimately that is what you are doing!
Hello all, I came across this Bible reading plan a while ago. I thought I would pass it on.
Two weeks on the life and teachings of Jesus
- Luke 1:1-80 – Preparing for Jesus’ arrival
- Luke 2:1-52 – The story of Jesus’ birth
- Mark 1:1-45 – The beginning of Jesus ministry
- Mark 9:1-50 – A day in the life of Jesus
- Matthew 5:1-48 – The Sermon on the Mount
- Matthew 6:1-34 – The Sermon on the Mount
- Luke 15:1-32 – Parables of Jesus
- John 3:1-36 – A conversation with Jesus
- John 14:1-31 – Jesus’ final instructions
- John 17:1-26 – Jesus’ prayer for His disciples
- Matthew 26:1-75 – Betrayal and arrest
- Matthew 27:1-66 – Jesus’ execution on a cross
- John 20:1-30 – Resurrection
- Luke 24:1-53 – Jesus’ appearance after resurrection
If you don’t have access to a Bible you can bookmark this page and click on the links for each day and they will open online.
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I finished my reading challenge for this year today. My goal was to read the New Testament of the Bible in a different version that I usually use (NIV).
I started out reading The Message version, but changed the Contemporary English Version as it was a bit too different for me. Once I got through the Gospels I changed to the New Living Tranlastion. So while it wasn’t one version all the way through I still managed to get there!
For me it was a good experience. It was good to read the Bible in a different version as it caused me to see things through different eyes and caused me to dig deeper in a few places. It was also good to re-read the NT after my Bible college studies last year. I found I read with new background knowledge.
So what were my favourite books? The books I really enjoyed were Luke, Acts and 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus. These ones really jumped out at me and spoke to me a lot. I feel changed, renewed and inspired as a result of reading them.
Perhaps next year you could follow my lead and read one chapter of the New Testament a day? I think I will be doing the Old Testament one chapter a day and see how that goes!