When I think about what it means to read the Bible to my kids, I think about the story I’m subjecting them to. The love that’s worth leaving everything for. The life that has no end. The ultimate destination of evil, and my part in all of it. It brings eternity into our grasp and it gives purpose to this life that far outshines anything else in this world.
Yes, there is violence and sexual content to be censored, especially if you’re reading to your little ones. Read ahead, or stay in the New Testament till they get older.
As I was attempting to write about this, I found myself facing all kinds of disruptions. I kept thinking about all the Bibles sitting on shelves gathering dust. How does one inspire others when it comes to something as important as reading the Word of God? Over the years, I’ve been exposed to very learned professors and preachers and it seems interpretation can be as fickle as beauty. Even so, I’ve come up with 7 questions to consider if you’ve never opened the pages of the Bible or even thought about reading it to your kids.
If there was a book that has been around for hundreds of years, explains how we got here, who we are, and why, would you read it?
If there was a book that has been used to shape nations and provide a map for our consciences, would you read it?
If there was a book that countless brilliant minds have tried to refute, but are unable as archeology continues to prove its accuracy, would you read it?
If there was a book that provided the basis for our understanding of human rights, revolutionizing cultures time and again, would you read it?
If there was a book that has inspired more works of art and music than any other, would you read it?
If there was a book that was translated into over 500 languages that people have died over so that others could read it, would you read it?
If there was a book that can guide your relationship with God, would you read it?
It defines faith, hope, and love. It gives out knowledge and wisdom. It opens eyes and doors, revealing to the oppressed their true value. It continues to change lives as it inspires people to become more.
May your times of reading the Bible unlock its power into your life and that of your family. May both parents and children learn and understand why and how we are to love one another. May the Bible introduce you and others to the greatest person they will ever know, Jesus Christ. And may it bless and usher you into His Kingdom.