If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.John 8:31
Some people like to work out. They enjoy the exercise and seeing the results in their physique. But I dread working out. And I complain while I’m working out. But after I’m done, I’m glad that I did it.
That’s what it’s like to study the Bible sometimes. There are times we really want to read it and look forward to it. But there are also times when we get up in the morning and think, “I’m skipping it today.” But then we do it anyway not because of legalism; but because of discipline. And there’s a difference.
Discipline says, “I’m going to read the Bible because I need to do it. I know God wants me to do it. And when I’m done, I’ll be glad I did it.” It’s something we determine to do before anything else, even if it means we don’t have time to check our social media or e-mails or texts. It’s something we discipline ourselves to do.
The Center for Bible Engagement recently did a study and came up with an interesting finding: “The ‘power of 4’. They found that there is no statistical difference between people who read the Bible two to three days a week and those who do not engage scripture at all or only once a week when it comes to behaviors like getting drunk or sex outside marriage. But for those who read scripture four or more times a week there is a difference.
In other words, if you’re not reading your Bible four or more times a week then it is likely that the choices you make will not be any different from those who don’t read the Bible at all.
Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed” We need to understand the value of God’s Word. We need to long for God’s Word.