‘You are what you eat’ is a well-known adage to depict the impact of what we ingest on our health. What we read is also similar as it will influence our welfare spiritually and otherwise.
Whatever we read implies the stuff we are made of, influences our thoughts and actions and eventually our destiny. Galatians 6:8 warns, ‘…he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption, but he that soweth to the spirit shall of the spirit reap life everlasting. If we read articles that will spark up life in our souls, we will live. If however, we read write ups that appeal to the emotion and flesh, or those that just make us laugh and feel good, it will be of no eternal value.
You will definitely reap what you sow because the law of sowing and reaping will never fail. If what you are inclined to read are dirty articles on social media and the likes, you will soon get rotten spiritually. Some others do not even read at all. As much as eating junks will cause you ill health, so will not taking adequate diet. This is also applicable to reading.
May I ask, when last did you read through your Bible. What is your Bible goal for this year? Which portion did you read this morning? And what was the lesson you learnt? The greatest book written and sold is the Bible and we must make it our greatest companion. In recent times, our smart phones with all its distractions have replaced the addiction we once had to His word. Remember, ‘…the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life…’ John 6:63. It is in the word that we have life and have it more abundantly.
So, in the mist of all that are hurled at believers these latter days to deaden our spirit, we must read the word, meditate on it and practice it to have life. Having a written clear goal and plans on bible reading ad getting disciplined to follow through will be of help. Some bible reading plans are available on apps such as ‘Youversion’ and can be helpful. Listening to audio scriptures in a quiet environment is also a fantastic strategy to covering so many scriptures, but don’t forget to pray the lessons in at intervals.
Apart from the bible, we must also consciously read inspiring Christian articles, magazines and books to rub mind with great minds. When last did you read a Christian literature–your youthful days? We can do it again. Weekends, public holidays and leave period can be harnessed for this. If you have a driver and on a long journey, you can also read. Let us get back to activities that gave us life. May His grace be sufficient for you and me.