Reading the Entire Bible in 2021.
Updated: Mar 28, 2021
Last year, two of my friends made it a goal to read through the entire Bible in a year. I was amazed as I saw them post their progress pictures, proving to me that it was indeed doable and enjoyable! When they finished, I asked them so many questions about how they did it, what they learned and what they would recommend to someone who wanted to make it a goal. One of the common things they both said was they learned so much about God and human nature. They also said that by doing so, the purpose of Jesus Christ death and resurrection was more clearly understood. Also, they were able to identify misquoted scriptures and things taken out of context that meant something different after reading through the whole thing for themselves.
The experience was so rewarding that they both said they wanted to do it again!
It makes you wonder:
What have you and I been missing out on by not reading our Bibles - the whole Bible?
Let's face it, how many of us have viewed reading through the Bible as a daunting task? It's often easier to just watch a movie on the stories than to try to pronounce the names, locations, and keep track of all of the details. Yet, how can meditate on the Word day and night if we keep it closed and collecting dust?
As I mentioned in the blog 'You Can Read the Entire Bible', it's not impossible, but it does take commitment to spending time reading daily and discipline to stick with it even when distractions come. So, I made it my goal for 2021.
Here are my reasons why:
I have never read the entire Bible before.
If I'm completely transparent, although I have read a lot of different books in the Bible, I have never read the entire Bible. For much of my Christian walk, I have stayed in the comfortable territories of the New Testament - the gospels and the letters of Paul. My Bible reading has been solely focused on how to live as a believer rather than to truly seek to understand and study more in depth to learn the character and nature of God. Only reading half of the Bible means that I have gaps in my knowledge of the full picture and of the God who was, who is, and who is still to come.
And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
- Jeremiah 29:13
I need God in a new way.
Believe it or not, we can hit spots in our walks with God where we can be tempted to treat our relationship with Him with contempt or find ourselves "familiar" with His ways. Pride and arrogance will make us think we know someone better than we actually do.
I love how when I first got saved I was a blank slate and I approached reading the Bible with a sense of awe and wonder that was childlike! I miss the zeal for God and to study the Word that I had when I first believed. He deserves so much more than a daily check off the "Christian Daily Duty" list and my time with Him simply being for another # on the Bible App streak count.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. - Matthew 7:7-8
I desire to know the Word vs. regurgitate information.
This was one of my first motives for studying the Word when I got saved. I was so hungry to know what the Word said for myself, and I spent hours in it.
Although, preaching has a place and thank God for those who are called to teach, we can get really complacent as a result of it. We can get so dependent on someone else telling us what the Word says and explaining it that we allow that to substitute our own efforts to. We can get comfortable with being spoon fed and it can be a terrible disservice to our spiritual growth.
"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." - 2 Timothy 2:15
When this happens, (becoming addicted to other people spoon feeding it and giving their opinions of what the Word says and what God desires) we can be completely illiterate it ourselves. This can be a dangerous place to get comfortable. Especially because in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 says, "For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths."
We need to know the Word!
For our future generations.
My husband and I are believing God for children. With that desire in mind, it is our desire to raise them according to how God wills. There are things that I hope to teach our children that will hopefully cause them to stay with God throughout their lives, and that they always come back to Him.
I need to get back to my relationship with God vs. routines.
Somewhere along the way, my worship of God became work-based. It was more about keeping a religious routine, or checklist, then a heart of obedience and worship. It was a subtle shift that wasn't revealed until the pandemic hit, causing my routine to become completely disrupted. As a result, it pulled back the layers on all of my "doing" and has brought me back to a place of finding contentment in "being".
The transition from being an action-oriented servant of God, to a daughter again - who knows her identity in Christ and that she can't do anything to earn God's love or favor - has been a process. I am back to a place of surrender.
These are my reasons for reading the entire Bible as a goal this year. I will be following the 365 Bible Plan by the Bible Project. It's also available on the Bible app. I can't wait to share my experience and revelations with you all when I finish! I've got my journal and fancy pens ready to make notes! I'm approaching it with an open heart, open mind and a willingness to learn. I am ready for God to reveal more and I'm believing Him for clarity, comprehension and understanding. Very excited!!!!
Let's do this!
Until next time,