If your fiancé sent you a love-letter, would you read it? Only once, or would it be a couple times? God has given us His love letter–The Bible. Have you ever read the entire book cover to cover? What a wonderful way to start the year– by making the Bible a priority in your schedule.
Priscilla and I have tried to make a point of reading through the Bible. Our first year of marriage, we read through the Bible as a couple. More recently we have read through the Bible individually and the New Testament as a couple. However you choose to do it, there is no better investment than to take time reading the eternal Word of God. If there is anything I could encourage a new believer to do it is to get in the Book. Someone once said, “Either the book will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from the Book.” Oh, how true that is. In Scripture David stated it this way, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11). Also, there is a great blessing in reading the Bible. One passage states, “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand” (Revelation 1:3).
The following Bible Checklist is very similar to the one I first used. It allowed me to record at any place I might be reading in the Bible instead of getting discouraged because I lost my place or wanted to read in the New Testament instead of Old Testament. By simply reading three chapters a day and five on Sunday, the entire Bible can be read in just one year. What a small investment of time for such a valuable treasure.