What now?

Easter is over. Christmas is still months away. What should you do with your time between holidays? That’s easy. Attend church. Read your Bible. Engage in fellowship with fellow believers. I know it sounds simple, but these days interest wanes inside the church and on social media platforms where Christians seemingly come out of the woodwork each Easter and Christmas. Then they disappear, not to be seen again until the next big holiday.

To be fair, attending church will not get you to Heaven, and I urge anyone who is ill or has a sick child to stay home. Work will also require us to be away at times, but when possible, we should make time for worship and fellowship as often as possible:

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:22-25 KJV)

People in the early Church spent most if not all of their free time in fellowship or worship. As a matter of fact, Acts 5:42 tells us these people taught and preached Jesus Christ on a daily basis in their homes and at the temple. These days, we are lucky if we can get church members two Sundays in a row and yet we hear people talk about how the early church was so energetic, so passionate for Christ. Do you want to know why? They made Him a priority and spending time with Him and His Word kept the fire going, so to speak.

These arguments also apply to Bible study. Again, knowing the ins and outs of scripture is a work, and works do not provide us salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9). However, Bible study provides us a way to get to know God, who He is, why He is the way He is, and what it means for us:

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16 KJV)

The only way to benefit from these things is to study God’s word:

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV)

It is here that I am generally met with statements such as, 'Well, I’d like read my Bible more, but I’m just so busy with work and projects around the house.' I can sympathize. As a matter of fact, I am in the same boat as you. That’s why I recommend a few things such as ‘Read Your Bible In A Year’ plans, audio Bibles and push notifications from Bible apps.

When I’m at the gym and I have yet to read my Bible, I listen to scripture through websites that offer the audio free of charge. Push notifications through a Bible app on my phone also send me scripture each morning. Bottom line, I get something out of these things when I’m not physically opening my Bible to check off that day’s reading of the Old Testament, New Testament, and Poetry. That’s how my ‘Read Your Bible In A Year’ plan works. You read two chapters of the Old Testament each day while reading one or two chapters of the New Testament and other books Monday-Friday.

Easter is over. Christmas is still months away. What should you do with your time between holidays? That’s easy. Attend church. Read your Bible and hang out with fellow believers.

I’ll save you a seat.

Chris Woodward

Assistant Editor, One Million Dads
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