The FIRST STEP is usually attempted when a person believes they SHOULD read the Bible. SHOULD is the weakest motivator to accomplishing anything.
The idea to read Scripture probably did not originate with you.
Yes, it’s possible that someone in your church is saying you SHOULD read Scripture and guilt is causing you to believe that it is your Christian responsibility. GUILT is tied to SHOULD as the weakest motivators to reading Scripture!
- SHOULD is a poor motivator
- GUILT is an equally weak motivator
THE STRONGEST motivator is the pull of the Holy Spirit of God, drawing you to seek God. Scripture tells us that Christians have the Holy Spirit resident in them (1 Corinthians 6:19; 1 John 4:4; Romans 8:9). God Himself pursues His children to talk to them. This is the strongest motivator. It is also strong evidence that you are a child of God. This motivator can also be resisted and ignored. Probably all of us have resisted being drawn to God. Ironically, once we yield to God’s wooing, and seek Him in Scripture, God rewards us with knowledge, understanding, grace, peace, etc., etc.
“And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,” the old hymn describes a shift in our view of life. As you “sit with God,” as you learn more about Him and how He interacted with people throughout history; you begin to see more clearly Who God is and who we are.
This has been my experience. Many times I began to read Scripture feeling I SHOULD and was usually overcome with GUILT when I failed, because I was not doing what a Christian SHOULD do. Each time I failed!
Somewhere around 1971, I experienced the pull of the Holy Spirit of God and felt compelled to read Scripture, not out of obligation, not out of guilt or should, but by the Holy Spirit of God drawing me to Himself. I began a journey of a thousand miles, and had only a glimpse of Who God is, and what He can do in a person’s life.
Perhaps you observed Christians who are living life differently than you and would like to know what they know. Perhaps you want to know and understand God better. Those questions may not have begun with you! Should you be feeling the pull of the Holy Spirit, and want to begin that “Journey of a Thousand Miles;” it begins with one step! By faith, “Sit With God.” Choose a time when you know you will be undisturbed and ask God to help you keep that time with Him.
Grace and peace to you!