Reading your ENTIRE Bible In A Year / Your Time With God
Whoa that must sound impossible right? Read your entire Bible in a year? Yes that's difficult, but who's to say you can't do it?
For every Christian it is a GREAT exercise to completely read your Bible from the front to the back cover. I know it gets hard especially when you get to books that have lists of all those genealogies. But stick in there!! You're doing great!! I (Ang) decided to do it again this year to have a good refresher of so much I had forgotten. When I was 11 I did this but there was so much I didn't understand and was too young to comprehend. I find that devotional books or Bible plans help to keep you accountable and on track. Find a family member or friend to help you stay on point. Most of the time if we tell people of a decision we have made, there's a likely higher chance we will keep at it longer.
Even if you have already done this exercise a few times, always make sure you are reading your Bible and staying faithful in the Word of God. This thought may have crossed your mind a few times but "what if I don't have time?" Always, always, always, always, ALWAYS (did I mention always?) make time for God. He should be the number one focus for your life and who you start with at the beginning of each day. Many teenagers and adults alike say "I just don't have the time." You know that's a good excuse, but not good enough. If we sat down and took a look at your day to day schedule, wouldn't there be some things deemed unnecessary and frivolous? All of us are guilty, putting things of this world before God.
According to some statistics we read a while back, the average teenager spends about 9 hours on social media alone. Think about this, that is more than 1/3 of the day and if you sleep for about 7 hours you only have 8 hours left in a 24 hour day. It really does seem that you don't have time doesn't it?
There's 2 big problems wrong with that.
1. Spending 9 hours on social media is not healthy for you.
When you are staring at a screen constantly, you are harming your eyes with the bright lights from your device. You tend to be sluggish and lazy with a tendency to not be active. It's important to have a healthy balance of everything. 1 Corinthians 14:40 says to "Let all things be done decently and in order."
2. You need your sleep. Checking who liked or commented on a post you made can wait.
To be active for the day ahead and to be fruitful in your day for Christ you need to be sure you are well rested. When run down we are not at our best and many of the time our brain tends to wander off somewhere else. Colossians 3:23-24 says, "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ." God deserves so much out of us. He has blessed us abundantly and is a merciful, loving God. He is worthy so much yet we give Him so little.
Your time with God is very valuable and it is extremely important to have in each day. Why? Each day as Christians we get up and we face spiritual battles. Satan is constantly on us. He doesn't want to see us following God. He wants to see us backsliding in our walk with Him! Without the armor of God we cannot stand against the wiles of the devil on our own strength. (Ephesians 6) It is through Christ alone!
I urge and plead with you to make sure you spend time with God each and every day. It's that important. Remove things out of your life that are hindering you and God or step away from something for a while. Nothing on this earth will last and in the end what we did for Christ will matter.
Another statistic that was done showed that about 3% of teenagers actually read their Bible on a regular basis and 1 of 10 study it. I was shocked to hear that numbers were so low. We have really let other things get in the way. We have so many things in our life that we concern ourselves with and we use it as excuses to not spend time with God. Whenever we need God He is ALWAYS there.
If God were to talk to you face to face would you say "Just a minute God I need to finish reading this chapter" or say "Hey let me quickly post these pictures on Instagram and then I'll be right with you." I would hope we wouldn't say anything like that. You might even think "Oh my! Those are the silliest examples I have ever heard!" Well really is it? How true is that for you? I'm speaking of things we struggle ourselves and half the time don't even realize it. All of us do it whether you admit it or not. Either way, in the end on our deathbeds we will end up wanting to say "I wish I did more for my Savior." No one's going to say "I wish I had made a little bit more of money" or "I wanted more followers on twitter!"
What matters is that we use the time that God has given us for His Glory and not our own. There's a poem a great missionary wrote and this one specific stanza spoke out to us.
"Only one life, 'twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last."
Make you life count for something that truly matters for GOD'S Glory