In a culture of rapid response and instant gratification, it’s easy to minimize the overarching story of the Scriptures. We have conditioned ourselves to lean on quotable moments instead of narratives that take time to develop.

While all Scripture is beneficial, it’s also important to remember that all Scripture is interconnected in an overarching story of God’s love, grace and mercy. The Old Testament is incredibly relevant because it’s a part of the story. The New Testament is easier to digest because it seems to better fit into our current world view. It’s easy to dismiss reading the Word because we don’t understand. But if we stay in that frame of mind, we will never truly grow. Just like any other part of our lives, we have to challenge and stretch ourselves to grow spiritually. 

If you are following along with us, don’t give up when you don’t understand. Fight the urge to live off of moments that you can post on Twitter. There is a story that has been unfolding for thousands of years. It’s compelling, meaningful and ultimately beautiful. And the only way to fully appreciate this story is to settle in to the rhythm of reading the Word and slowly, methodically growing.

Choose to appreciate the story today. As I said this past weekend at Center City, this is going to take some time. Spiritual growth is not fast. It’s establishing a pattern of consistency one day after another.

If you want to join us in this reading plan, click here. We are on day 17 of the reading plan. Start with us and follow with us throughout the year. 

You will never regret digging into God’s Word. Ever.