As we grow physically and increase in age, we learn many things about life. Sometimes those lessons are easy, and sometimes they are rather difficult. God desires for us to grow up, but not just physically and through the normal aging process. He desires for us to grow in grace and to increase in knowledge of Him through His Word.
How is your spiritual life? I want to encourage you to persevere in the faith. It’s easy to grow discouraged with our culture, politics, and liberal trends of our present society. It’s likewise easy to grow stale in the Christian life by falling into a busy routine that prevents you from having the time you once enjoyed to study and read God’s Word. Consider the following options:
For the early bird: If you like the early hours before everyone wakes up in the house and before the birds start their daily routine, you can easily take advantage of 45 minutes of that time to invest in your spiritual growth. Did you know it takes only about 20 minutes to read four chapters of the Bible? If you average 4 chapters per day, you can read the entire Bible in one year. There are many great reading plans available and we have one to follow on the bottom of PraysMill.com.
For the night owl: If you like to stay up late and burn the midnight oil, you can easily build a routine of 20-30 minutes of Bible reading into your schedule. This will enable you to read the entire Bible in one year as well. Consider adding extra time above that to get additional reading accomplished for your Titus 2 group or your men’s group that you meet with.
For the professional: Are you very busy with life, work, family, and church? Do you find it difficult to balance it all sometimes? Think about how much time you spend on your iPhone or iPad during an average day. What if you took 20 or 30 minutes each day to read the Bible? Imagine what this would do to your outlook on life each day? You can balance this out on lunch break or by arriving to work 20 to 30 minutes early each day and taking that time to read before the day starts.
Family worship: A family that reads the Bible, prays, and sings together will grow in the knowledge of God and closer together as an entire family. You don’t have to be a professional scholar to lead a family Bible devotion. Simply reading over the passage and taking time to understand what it’s teaching will help you lead the family in a brief overview. Many tools exist to aid you in your family devotion time. You can find some of them in the list below.
2 Peter 3:17-18 – You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.  But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.