God is on the move through the #LentChallenge.
And it’s not just that more than 40,000 people have joined in.
It’s that the Holy Spirit is teaching, correcting, challenging, encouraging and breathing life into those who are reading the Bible in profound and downright amazing ways.
Consider the following story we just heard:
“I am proud to say that I have been faithful with the 40 day challenge and I have learned so much.
I have never read any book in its entirety except for James, and to read it this way has been amazing!
I can honestly say that I had no idea how many miracles Jesus performed; I had no clue how far Paul traveled; I didn’t know the apostles did so much healing and teaching.
As I’ve been reading this past week, I’ve been thinking about what this discipline of reading through the New Testament in 40 days is doing in and through me.
The truth is, we’ve all got to know these things when it comes to opening up Scripture:
1. Reading your Bible will breathe life into your tired soul.
To be honest, some days, I don’t feel like flipping open the pages. Distractions and demands try to pull me away. Deadlines loom. Dishes need washing. The dog wants to go out and bask in the sun (or snow) again.
Yet through the discipline of daily reading, I find my spirit growing stronger, my sensitivity to God sharpening, my sense of groundedness in the truth of who God is and all He has done shaping the way I live.
7 chapters a day + 6 days a week = isn’t easy, but deeply rewarding. [Tweet this]
2. You’ll be reminded of how easily you forget.
I’ve read through the Bible, in particularly the Gospels, hundreds of times. But with each day, I stumble on a detail or wording that I’ve never noticed before.
We can spend a lifetime studying Scripture and 10,000 ooh! aah! moments still await us. [Tweet this]
3. Placing that little check in the #LentChallenge box feels a little too good.
I’m embarrassed to admit that making that check mark each day is way too rewarding. Maybe it’s my personality type. Maybe it’s that so many other projects in my life remain undone.
But placing that tiny check mark reminds me—in a good way—that I’ve been intentional about doing something that really matters.
4. The Bible will give you guts when you’re ready to give up.
I’ll be honest, some days Bible reading feels like drudgery, but other days, it’s like stumbling into a gold shaft.
While reading Galatians, I was so encouraged:
“So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit.” –Galatians 6:9
On the day I read this, I so needed the encouragement. We are reminded that even in the midst of fatigue, after being beaten down, and just when we’re ready to throw in the towel… we’re challenged to persevere, to endure, to cling to Christ.
5. You don’t have to do this on your own.
The beauty of being in the body of Christ is that we’re on this journey together. There are hundreds of great resources to shed light on certain passages, dive a little deeper into Scripture, and encourage your walk with Christ.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve loved doing the #LentChallenge in community with all of you.
Each blog, tweet, picture, and comment is an opportunity to wrestle over Scripture together. An encouragement to keep going, even if I’ve fallen behind. A reminder that God will continue to reveal facets of himself differently to each of us.
Maybe when the #LentChallenge is complete, you’ll consider starting your own Bible study group.
Gather friends, neighbors, and co-workers to dive into God’s Word together. No expertise or leadership qualification is needed—just your willingness to allow God to work in and through you.