First, the primary issue may be that you are not a Christian. By that I DO NOT mean that reading the Bible makes you a Christian. What I mean is that if you love Jesus, it only makes sense that you will read the book about Him. A desire to read the Bible is a fruit of your love. No desire to read God’s Word may be a symptom of a larger problem. If this is you, don’t say oh well, instead ask God to give you a new heart.
Second, if you are a Christian, but you have never really engaged in God’s Word, my guess is that someone in your life has dropped the ball. This is the problem with a lot of inch deep churches. They save you and forget you. All they care about is dipping you in the water or filling the seats. The problem is that this is not how Jesus said His Church should operate.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you." – Matthew 28:19-20
After someone is made a disciple (hearing the gospel and believing the gospel) and baptized as a believer (outward display of inward union with Christ), the next step is to teach them what Jesus commanded.
This is why the first picture of the early Church looks a lot like a classroom, “And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching” (Acts 2:42). The Apostles (12 disciples), were doing what Jesus commanded, make disciples and teach them.
We see this same pattern in the Church at Antioch. After the Church confirmed that their faith was authentic, the next thing they did was to get the Apostle Paul (writer of 13 books of the New Testament) and had him teach the new believers. “For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians” (Acts 11:26).
This is the life of an authentic Christian, to be taught. To be a disciple means to pursue the knowledge of God; not in an academic way, but in an intimate way. Christians are to be constantly led to the trough of God’s Word and encouraged to drink.
I realize this is Christianity 101, but here are some simple, yet crucial, suggestions to start out 2015:
1. Read the Bible for yourself every day, even if it is for only five minutes. It is food for your hungry soul. Start with the New Testament if this is new to you, but read it all.
2. Find a Church that teaches the Bible and actually attend…every week! And by teaches the Bible I mean a Church that actually examines the words to find out the absolute meaning of the text.
3. Study the Bible, both on your own and with others. Iron sharpens iron. We need others in our lives to help us know the words of Christ and to walk in accordance to them.
If you are faithful to these three things, I guarantee that you will have fruit in your life for 2015.