To increase your engagement with God, it starts with being engaged with the Bible.
Here, we offer you five tips for facilitating more of the Holy Scriptures in your daily routine.
1. Making the most of your time
We’ve all heard of time management, but not everyone is adept or consistent with this essential skill. All of your New Year’s resolutions will fail without proper time management.
Interacting with the Bible on a daily basis is no different. Where there’s a will there’s a way, and prioritizing what’s most important in your life (i.e. God) is crucial.
It starts by taking a fearless examination of the things you do on a daily basis, each day of the week. You’re sure to discover some areas where you can “trim the fat” and alter areas of your life to be more efficient.
This is especially true of things you may be spending time on that don’t necessarily return dividends in the quality of your life.
2. Reading or audio?
To enhance your connection with God you need to be in his word. But the chief complaint (or excuse) people make is that they simply don’t have enough time to sit down and read the Bible.
However, there are ways around that.
Audio Bible is one of the best ways to efficiently manage your time in order to study Bible verses. A huge number of Americans spend a significant portion of their time commuting to and from work.
This presents a perfect opportunity to turn otherwise “dead time” into an opportunity for listening to an audio recording of the Bible. There are both paid and free sources of getting the Holy Scriptures via audio.
Practically all of us carry around smartphones that are capable of playing audio files. With wired or wireless earbuds, you can privately enjoy and study the Gospels.
3. Develop a Bible study plan
The best method for studying the Bible is to develop a Bible study plan. In fact, a simple search of the Internet will give you endless ideas for different methods of organizing a Bible study plan.
As we all are different, with different schedules, different learning styles, and even different agendas – it makes the most sense to look at a variety of Bible study plans and then decide which one is right for you.
You may even want to adjust a given Bible study plan to suit your particular needs.
Examples of some Bible plans are: The 1-year Bible, the 1-year chronological Bible plan, the 5-day Bible reading program, the Discipleship Journal reading plan, the 88-day plan, and for those who need a little more time, there’s even a three-year plan.
Spend some time investigating and find a Bible study plan that is right for you.
4. Put what you learn from the Bible into action
We can read about things all you want, but to really make them stick we need to actually do them. There are lessons for living in the Bible. Simply reading about them has no power.
To have a connection with God, we need to live the lessons the Holy Scriptures teach us. We need to live and behave by the Ten Commandments.
We need to get involved, volunteer, and help the poor and the needy.
We need to change our personal attitudes to absorb and become what the Gospels teach us.
The Main Take Away:
The final take away here is that we need not just to simply read the words – but to live the words. To have the words of the Bible demonstrated in all of our thoughts and actions.
“But he answered, ‘It is written, ‘‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’'”