[Note: This is a guest post from Wendy Pope. Learn more about her and her ministry at the bottom of the post. If you are interested in telling your NLT story on the NLT Blog, contact me at KeithWilliams dot NLT @ gmail]
“Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instruction.” Psalm 119:18
A good Christian should read the Bible.
A good Christian should love the Bible.
A good Christian should understand the Bible.
A good Christian should live the truths of the Bible.
These statements shaped my life and summed up my thoughts about God’s Word a few years ago. In my mind I was not a “good” Christian because none of these statements were true of me. I did not regularly read, love, understand, or live by truths of the Bible. I carried it with me to church. I believed it to be the inerrant and infallible words of God. I also opened the Bible to look up verses so I could fill in the blanks for my Bible studies. However, there was not a desire on my part to know the Bible better.
In 2006, I decided I was going be a “good” Christian and read the entire Bible. My husband purchased a Bible that changed my life, the One Year Chronological Bible-NLT. With all the self-determination I could muster, I set out to spend the year reading the Bible. I was going to make myself love and understand God’s Word so that I could be a “good” Christian. What I learned in the first year of reading the Bible was amazing and life-changing! All my wrong assumptions were made right through the light and love of God and His Word.
Did I learn spiritual truths I could apply to my life? Yes. Did I understand everything I read? No.
I learned God’s Word is full of rich life application written to produce God’s best in my life. It is meant to be read and digested on a daily basis. Another lesson I learned is to be a life-student of God’s Word, reading it year after year.
My mind wanted my heart to love God’s Word. Did I fall deeply in love with God’s Word the first time I read it? Not right away. The question is better asked in this way: Did I fall deeply in love with wanting to know God and His Word more intimately? The answer is a resounding yes! The love for His Word has developed and deepened over the time that I have invested in reading and studying.
2011 marks my seventh year reading through the One Year Chronological Bible. 2011 also commemorates my third year teaching an online Bible class. It has been my incredible privilege to walk with thousands of women and men through God’s precious Word. I did not step into the role of online Bible teacher with enthusiasm. I fell into it kicking and screaming. “Who am I Lord to teach Your Word? I questioned God, “Am I qualified.” The words of John Piper guided me, “God does not call the qualified; He qualifies the called.” Like Moses, David, and Paul, with fear and trembling, I said yes to God.
This “yes” has led me on a journey through some of the richest years in my Christian walk. Women and men of all ages, from all walks of life, and all over the globe have satisfied a deep long of reading through the Bible. My 80-year friend, Teeny from North Carolina is just one of thousands who in 2010 finally read through the entire Bible.
Have you always wanted to read through the Bible but desired a friend to come along aside you for support? You can have the support of thousands when you sign-up for the free online class on Walking with Women through the Word. Don’t feel left out if you are not a woman, men are also invited to participate. Today, make one of the greatest commitments you can ever make: decide to read a Bible that WILL change your life.
About the Author
Wendy is an author and nationally known speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries. She teaches the One Year Chronological Bible via her blog Walking with Women through the Word. Her blog is the source of encouragement and Biblical understanding for thousands of women and men. Those who hear Wendy teach are inspired to dig deeper into God’s Word and challenged to make having a daily quiet time with God a priority.