We assume every Christian has a Bible that looks like this one — worn down, marked up, and paired with a journal stuffed with multicolored spiritual reflections. But that's often not true. Many Christians find it difficult to get into a daily habit of Bible reading. So this week John Piper addressed four common causes of Bible neglect in the Christian life, like: "I don"t read my Bible because ...
... it seems so irrelevant to my life." ... I don’t have time." ... I go to church every Sunday." ... I find it confusing."
What follows is a slightly edited (and abridged) transcript of his answers.
Reason 1: "I don't read my Bible because it seems irrelevant to my life."
This is a very common hang-up. Many Christians neglect the Bible because it doesn’t seem relevant in an average day of life and work. So why do I need to read my Bible every day? Pastor John's response.
One thing I know in response to this question, another thing I don’t know. What I know is that the Bible is relevant to this person's average day where he lives and works. What I don't know is what are his personal goals in life and work. And the reason that matters is that you can have goals at work or in life which will put you so out of sync with the Bible that you find the Bible to be annoying or condemning or boring, because its teaching runs in a different direction from the direction you are going.
I know the Bible is relevant to this person's daily life. He says he doesn't feel like it is. I know it is. The Bible says, "whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31). The Bible says: "render service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord" (Ephesians 6:7–8).
So here are ten questions to ask about work.
Question 1: Are you ever tempted to grumble or complain at work? Philippians 2:15–16 is relevant, and shows a glorious way to live without grumbling.