Recently, a good friend aptly questioned:

How many times were you able to read through the Bible this past year? Were you able to read consistently and systematically throughout the year? If you are like me, a reading schedule is of great importance. Why not consider sticking to a Bible reading plan for the next year?

I wholeheartedly agree. If we want to know Christ and make Him known, we must read and study the revelation He has given us in the Bible. (See Piper’s helpful blogpost on this topic) I am going to try to work through this free Bible Reading Plan. Here are the features I like about this scheme:

• By reading from four separate places in the Scriptures every day, you should be able to better grasp the unity of the Scriptures, as well as enjoy the variety of four different viewpoints.
• You can begin at any point during the year.
•To prevent the frustration of falling behind, which most of us tend to do when following a Bible reading plan, each month of this plan gives you only 25 readings. Since you’ll have several “free days” each month, you could set aside Sundays either not to read at all or to catch up on any readings you may have missed in the past week.
•If you finish the month’s readings by the twenty-fifth, you could use the final days of the month to study the passages that challenged or intrigued you.
•If reading through the entire Bible in one year looms as too large a task, you can alter the plan to meet your needs. For example, you could read the gospels and the wisdom books this year, and the other two categories next year.

If this is your first time reading through the Bible, pray that the Lord will give you the strength to push through this daunting task. Remember, we do not read through the Bible to earn Christ’s love and favor (we have already received it!). Christ loves us because of our identity in Himself. We come to Christ to be cleaned from our sin, we do not clean up our problems before coming to Him (or we will never make it there!). We read the biblical texts because we are able to know more about who Christ is and what He has done for us.