Read the Bible every day, a chapter at a timeIt really is so important that we establish a habit to read the Bible every day on our own. No matter how many messages we hear or how many spiritual books we read, nothing can replace directly hearing from the Lord through His word. Even something as simple as reading one chapter a day (which takes no more than 5 to 10 minutes) will get you through the entire New Testament in just under 9 months. Reading one chapter a day will get you through the entire Bible in just three years and three months. That might seem slow, but compare how long you’ve been a Christian, and consider how many times you could have read through the New Testament or even the Bible if you had developed this habit. I’m not at all saying this to discourage anyone, but rather to encourage you that a little bit carried out consistently will go a long way in a surprisingly short amount of time. The most important technique for building consistency is to fix a regular time of day—every day—to read. If you don’t establish this, then no reading plan will work. A good time for you might be while you’re riding the metro to or from work each day, and on days you don’t use the metro, to read for five minutes once you get home in the evening. The important thing is to find an activity that you do every single day, and then read the Bible during that time. (Reading before you go to bed at night is not always a good idea, since it’s so easy to fall asleep :-).
One of my favourite Bible editions is the Recovery Version, about which I wrote a detailed review. I’ve heard that the primary reason why people who own a Bible don’t read it often is that they find it hard to understand. The Recovery Version has many explanatory footnotes that focus on helping the reader to experience Christ as life. You can obtain a free New Testament Recovery Version: