You now know the importance, method, and best timing of daily Bible reading. Now we come to a huge question—perhaps one that has caused you to not even begin reading your Bible this week…
What should we read in our Bibles?
There is no right or wrong answer to this, but I do have some suggestions. I would not suggest diving right into a Bible reading plan that has you reading the entire Bible in a year (or even in two years). If you have already built the habit of daily Bible reading and would like to up your game, so to speak, then go for reading your Bible in a year. However, you should know that reading your Bible in a year does not make you “more spiritual” or a “better” Christian than someone else. This is a common misconception that people buy into. That may be a good goal to set, but if you are just starting on this habit, take it slowly. Many people dive into it, trying to read the whole Bible in a year, and they burn out within a few weeks. We want to build habits that last.
After discussion with our leadership team, we have decided to suggest a particular program that helps those who struggle with commitment and building habits, but is also extremely helpful to those who don’t struggle with these things.
Pick one book of the Bible
There are not books of the Bible that are “better” than others, but there are some that I would recommend starting with. First of all, it would probably be best to start in the New Testament, because that is a bit easier to work through. We are not always looking for easy solutions, but in this case starting small and working our way up is the way to go. So I suggest one of the following books:
- 1 John
Read through that book of the Bible slowly, quickly, thoroughly, skimming, deep, shallow, etc. Dig through it in any way that you can. Experience the text over and over again, basking in the richness of it and soaking up all of the treasures that it has for us. When you have finished it, wringing out as much as you can of it, then move on to another book. Try to give a general set time for when you will move on to a different book, but the nice thing about this plan is that it is not rigorous. So grab your Bible and pick out a book to read through over the next month, two months, three months—however long you feel that you need to work through it.