I wrote a similar idea on the new resources page, but I keep thinking about it. And thinking for me is one step short of writing. Which brings me here. (Lucky you.)
One of the habits I try to uphold is to read something Christian every night before I go to bed: the Bible, a devotional, an apologetic or theological book, a Christian biography. Some nights I read chapters; some nights, a single verse. It’s a habit I highly recommend. But it is also a habit I have to be careful of. Because sometimes I can spend too many nights reading the biographies and devotionals and apologetics, and not enough nights reading the Bible.
Christian reading is good. It gives me different perspectives and causes me to think about scripture passages in ways I might not otherwise think of them. It is also inspiring to read about the lives and struggles and triumphs of some of the leaders of our faith. But I need to always remember that none of this is a substitute for actually reading the Bible. Reading only Christian books would be a bit like talking to someone about a mutual friend when there is a letter from that friend sitting unopened on my table. Why on earth would I do that? Letters are meant to be read. And re-read. (And in this day of electronic communication, probably framed and hung on the wall to be gazed upon with awe.)
The Bible is God’s letter to me – and to you. Hearing second-hand perspectives from others can be helpful, but it should never stop us from reading what God has to say directly to us. We should never leave God’s letter sitting unopened and gathering dust.
Take some time today to read what He has to say to you.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).