A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
Nike’s slogan, “Just Do It“, has proved to be a successful marketing tool for the sportswear company. These three simple words, remind us we should be motivated to do our best in sports, and in life. At some point there comes a time when we need to stop making excuses and listen to what Nike says.
For many Christians, these three words can prove to be invaluable when it comes to a challenge we all face every day, reading the Word of God. In Ezra 7:10, the scribe Ezra is described as one who “…set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.” Similarly in the New Testament, Paul tells Timothy to “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” The message is that we should strive to read the Bible so that over the course of our lives we will come to know and apply God’s Word more every day.
Here are some suggestions to help us develop the habit of spending time in God’s Word:
1. Schedule an appointment with God. Find a specific time in the day that works best for you and stick to it.
2. Set a realistic goal for how much time you will spend (start with 15 minutes per day).
3. Select one of the many Bible Reading plans as a guide (Google – Bible Reading Plans).
4. Take a word or phrase from your reading and ask the Holy Spirit to bring it to your mind throughout the day.
5. Tell another Christian your reading plan and ask them to hold you accountable.
In Christ, we have everything we need for godliness! So, let’s “Just Do It.“