80 Scriptures That Should Encourage You To Read Your Bible Regularly

Spiritual inspiration

I’ve been a Christian since February 2009.

This is the 7 years where I consciously made a decision to commit and become an active member of my church.

Prior to that, I had been going to church for about 2 years – on and off.

And yeah, “on and off” suited me perfectly. But then, I woke up to the revelation that “on and off” was no way to progress into a fully grown Christian.

Along the way, much like the journey is for most Christians, I was told I had to start reading my bible.

Right there, I thought “heck no!”

I didn’t own a bible. And I certainly had no intentions of borrowing or buying one – let alone reading it.

The first thing that crossed my mind was time. I simply did not have the time for bible reading.

Gosh, who has time in the 21st Century to read their bible, unless they are a Pastor? Wasn’t it enough that I was dedicating time to attend church?

Even if I had the time, who wants to read that tedious book? Who wants to read about parables in their 30s, 40s, 50s or 60s?

Many of these questions crossed my mind. And I don’t think I am the exception.

I’m pretty sure many a Christian comes up with all sorts of ‘justifable’ reasons for not reading the bible.

Most, if not all, of these questions crossed my mind when I was spiritually young and immature.

But, it doesn’t get easier when you grow as a Christian. Bible reading gets tougher. Bible reading brings to the fore many challenges as you journey along with God.

But, despite all these crazy questions – both when I was young and now that I’ve matured – bible reading is still an activity that requires one to receive a revelation and then commit thereafter.

I hope through this post I can help you.

Regardless of where you are in your Christian walk, I hope these 80 reasons will inspire you. More importantly, I hope they will convict you to either start or continue reading your bible.

Inspiration and motivation is one thing.

Conviction is something completely different. And that’s the basis from which we need to operate from.

I’ve often alluded to wealth creation. In defining it, I have expressed that I believe that we have 8 key areas in our lives. As a result, I’ll categorize these 80 reasons into the 8 areas of life and give 10 reasons for each area.

I’ll be using different bible versions denoted as follows:

  • GNT: Good News Translation
  • MSG: The Message
  • NLT: New Living Translation
  • NIV: New International Version
  • TLB: The Living Bible

Spiritual

Spiritual health is the most important area of your life. It defines your purpose in life, establishes your convictions and enables you to live a fulfilling and meaningful life.

The following scriptures assist immensely in giving context to your spirituality and how the bible helps.

1. Defines your purpose on earth:

Genesis 1:26-31: God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.” God created human beings; he created them godlike, Reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female. God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.” (MSG)

2. Highlights that regular rest (especially from our work/careers) is a vital spiritual concept that was initiated by God:

Genesis 2:1-4: “Heaven and Earth were finished, down to the last detail. By the seventh day God had finished his work. On the seventh day he rested from all his work. God blessed the seventh day. He made it a Holy Day Because on that day he rested from his work, all the creating God had done. This is the story of how it all started, of Heaven and Earth when they were created.” (MSG)

3. Demonstrates that disobedience to God kills you spiritually (initially) and eventually kills you in flesh:

Genesis 2:15-18: Then the Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and guard it. He told him, “You may eat the fruit of any tree in the garden, except the tree that gives knowledge of what is good and what is bad. You must not eat the fruit of that tree; if you do, you will die the same day.” (GNT)

4. Reminds you that certain challenges test your spiritual intentions and capacity for obedience:

Deuteronomy 8:2Remember how the Lord your God led you on this long journey through the desert these past forty years, sending hardships to test you, so that he might know what you intended to do and whether you would obey his commands.” (GNT)

5. Highlights that in carrying out your purpose on earth, you need to ask God for a discerning spirit:

1 Kings 3:9“Here’s what I want: Give me a God-listening heart so I can lead your people well, discerning the difference between good and evil. For who on their own is capable of leading your glorious people?” (MSG) 

6.Helps you to establish a spiritual conviction:

John 14:6: “Jesus answered him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one goes to the Father except by me.” (GNT)

7. Emphasizes that spiritual obedience is a massive challenge and conflict that requires you to submit yourself to Christ and allow him to assist you in simplifying your Christian walk:

Romans 7:17-25: “But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every timeIt happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take chargeI’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question? The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.” (MSG)

8. Makes us aware that God has intentionally made spirituality and his wisdom seem like foolishness to those who want to approach him from a one-dimensional, intellectual perspective:

1 Corinthians 1:18-21: “The Message that points to Christ on the Cross seems like sheer silliness to those hellbent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense. This is the way God works, and most powerfully as it turns out. It’s written, I’ll turn conventional wisdom on its head, I’ll expose so-called experts as crackpots. So where can you find someone truly wise, truly educated, truly intelligent in this day and age? Hasn’t God exposed it all as pretentious nonsense? Since the world in all its fancy wisdom never had a clue when it came to knowing God, God in his wisdom took delight in using what the world considered dumb—preaching, of all things!—to bring those who trust him into the way of salvation.” (MSG)

9. Reminds us that whatever success we achieve in carrying out our purpose is the result of God’s grace and power: 

1 Corinthians 15:10: “But because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am. And I’m not about to let his grace go to waste. Haven’t I worked hard trying to do more than any of the others? Even then, my work didn’t amount to all that much. It was God giving me the work to do, God giving me the energy to do it. So whether you heard it from me or from those others, it’s all the same: We spoke God’s truth and you entrusted your lives.” (MSG)

10. Highlights that God has made us simple, but we make our own lives difficult:

Ecclesiastes 7:29: “This is all that I have learned: God made us plain and simple, but we have made ourselves very complicated.” (GNT)

Mental

Your mental capacity is vital. Your patterns of thoughts fuel the direction of your life. The next couple of scriptures highlight that:

  • God’s thinking will always be way ahead of yours
  • Despite God’s thinking being way advanced, you have a responsibility to align your thinking to God’s way of thinking
  • Challenges are there to stimulate and elevate you mentally
  • A healthy state of mind requires constant renewing

11. God’s thinking patterns is way more advanced than yours

Isaiah 55:8-9: “My thoughts,” says the Lord, “are not like yours, and my ways are different from yours. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways and thoughts above yours.” (GNT)

12. You need to meditate on God’s Word daily:

Joshua 1:8: “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (NIV)

12. You need to allow God’s Word (through daily meditation) to change your mindset completely:

Romans 12:2: “Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.” (GNT)

13. You can overcome everything through Christ:

Philippians 4:13: “I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me.” (GNT)

14. To be an effective Christian, you need to be patient and highly disciplined:

Proverbs 16:32“It is better to be patient than powerful. It is better to win control over yourself than over whole cities.” (GNT)

15. Trust in God’s opinion of you:

Proverbs 29:25“It is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you, but if you trust in the Lord, you are safe.” (GNT)

16. Despite the huge challenges of life, you need to constantly advance in your thinking and actions:

Joshua 23:9“The Lord has driven great and powerful nations as you advanced, and non one has ever been able to stand against you.” (GNT)

17. Despite the huge challenges of life, God is always on your side if you live in accordance to his purpose for your life:

Romans 8:28: “We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purpose.” (GNT)

18. You need to obey secular authority:

Romans 13:1: “Everyone must obey state authorities, because no authority exists without God’s permission, and the existing authorities have been put there by God.” (GNT)

19. Despite forward planning and thinking, you need to be fully engaged in your present

Matthew 6:34: “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” (MSG)

20. Having a self-centred mental attitude and disposition leads to a dead-end:

Romans 8:6-8: “Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. And God isn’t pleased at being ignored.” (MSG)

Relationships

Relationships are the most important aspect of your life after your spiritual health. The Word of God teaches you how to:

  • have a healthy relationship with God
  • have a healthy relationship with yourself
  • have a healthy relationship with others
  • relate to others despite your differences, especially when it comes to convictions (spiritual and otherwise)

21. You have a primary responsibility to love God whole-heartedly and secondary responsibilities to love yourself the way God loves you and then love others the way you love yourself:

Matthew 22:36-40: “Jesus answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and the most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ The whole Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets depend on these two commandments.” (GNT)

22. Your entire life and relationship with God is centred around Christ:

Colossians 1:15-18: “We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body.” (MSG)

23. God wants you to be his friend:

Romans 5:10-11“We were God’s enemies, but he made us his friends through the death of his Son. Now that we are God’s friends, how much more will we be saved by Christ’s life! But that is not all; we rejoice because of what God has done through our Lord Jesus Christ, who has now made us God’s friends” (GNT)

24. Healthy relationships are more important than the delicacies of life:

Proverbs 15:17: “Better to eat vegetables with people you love than to eat fine meat where there is hate” (GNT)

25. Children need to respect their parents and elders

Ephesians 6:2: “Children, do what your parents tell you. This is only right. “Honor your father and mother” is the first commandment that has a promise attached to it, namely, “so you will live well and have a long life.” (MSG)

26. Your relationships determine the direction of your life:

Proverbs 13:20: “Keep company with the wise and you will become wise. If you make friends with stupid people, you will be ruined.” (GNT)

27. You will sometimes get betrayed and disappointed by those close and dear to you:

Luke 22:3-6: “Then Satan entered into Judas, called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve disciples. So Judas went off and spoke with the chief priests and the officers of the Temple guard about how he could betray Jesus to them. They were pleased and offered to pay him money. Judas agreed to it and started looking for a good chance to hand Jesus over to them without the people knowing about it.” (GNT)

28. Other people WILL mock, curse and degrade you as a Christian. It’s all part of the journey:

Matthew 27:27-31: “The soldiers assigned to the governor took Jesus into the governor’s palace and got the entire brigade together for some fun. They stripped him and dressed him in a red toga. They plaited a crown from branches of a thorn bush and set it on his head. They put a stick in his right hand for a scepter. Then they knelt before him in mocking reverence: “Bravo, King of the Jews!” they said. “Bravo!” Then they spit on him and hit him on the head with the stick. When they had had their fun, they took off the toga and put his own clothes back on him. Then they proceeded out to the crucifixion.” (MSG)

29. Spiritual convictions and love for others can co-exist:

1 Corinthians 16:13-14: “Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping.” (MSG)

30. Despite all life’s challenges, you need to strive to do good to other Christians and non-Christians at ALL times:

Galatians 6:9-10: “So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.” (MSG)

Physical

One of the greatest reflections of your spiritual growth is how you use your body on a daily basis. Your habits are driven by your spiritual and mental compass – hence the importance of aligning those two areas to God’s paradigm.

Where your physical health is concerned, the Word teaches you that:

  • Your body has to be engage in activities that represent God’s goodness
  • Physical health has a lot to do with spiritual and mental health
  • Taking care of your diet is a spiritual responsibility
  • God is the source of continuous physical health, energy, vitality and longevity

31. Your body has to be used for God’s glory:

1 Corinthians 6:19-20: “Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and who was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourselves but to God; he bought you for a price. So use your bodies for God’s glory.” (GNT)

32. God energizes and re-energizes you physically at all times so you can prosper in life: 

Isaiah 40:29-31: “God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.” (MSG)

33. Seeking the presence of God in your life brings good health and vitality:

Proverbs 3:7-8: “Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life!” (MSG)

34. Having Peace in your life brings good health:

Proverbs 14:30: “A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones.” (NLT)

35. A simple diet that regularly includes vegetables and water is vital for your health:

Daniel 1:11-13: “But Daniel appealed to a steward who had been assigned by the head of the palace staff to be in charge of Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: “Try us out for ten days on a simple diet of vegetables and water. Then compare us with the young men who eat from the royal menu. Make your decision on the basis of what you see.” (MSG)

36. Certain illnesses are caused by demonic spirits and can only be healed through the Word of God:

Matthew 8:16: “When evening came, people brought to Jesus many who had demons in them. Jesus drove out the evil spirits with a word and healed all who were sick.” (GNT)

37. Prayer and the church play an important role in good health and healing:

James 5:13-15: “Are you hurting? Pray. Do you feel great? Sing. Are you sick? Call the church leaders together to pray and anoint you with oil in the name of the Master. Believing-prayer will heal you, and Jesus will put you on your feet. And if you’ve sinned, you’ll be forgiven—healed inside and out.” (GNT)

38. Living a righteous life – through the acknowledgement of Christ’s power – brings good health:

1 Peter 2:24: “Christ himself carried our sins in his body to the cross, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness. It is by his wounds that you have been healed.” (GNT)

39. You need good health for life to go well:

3 John 1:2: “My dear friend, I pray that everything may go well with you and that you may be in good health—as I know you are well in spirit.” (GNT)

40. You’ve been given good health so you can bring about good health in those you interact with:

Matthew 10:8: “Jesus sent his twelve harvest hands out with this charge:

“Don’t begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don’t try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously.” (MSG)

Career

You spend most of your life working and building your career. To avoid the frustrations of work, God gives you perspective on how you need to build a successful career.

In doing so, you need to know:

  • who the source of success is
  • why it is vital for you to succeed in life
  • that success is God’s way of using you to solve simple and complex challenges of life

40. God is the source of all success and abundance and your success is the result of you being in his presence:

John 15:5-8: “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.” (GNT)

41. One of God’s primary plans is to bless you and give you a bright future:

Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (NIV)

42. God blesses you in your career so you can be a blessing to others:

Genesis 12:2: “I will give you many descendants, and they will become a great nation. I will bless you and make your name famous, so that you will be a blessing.” (GNT)

43. Plan your life, but allow God to take charge over your plans:

Proverbs 16:3“Put God in charge of your work, then what you have planned will take place.” (MSG)

44. All your skill, ability, creativity and understanding comes from God:

Exodus 35:31-33: “God has filled him with his power and given him skill, ability, and understanding for every kind of artistic work, for planning skillful designs and working them in gold, silver, and bronze; for cutting jewels to be set; for carving wood; and for every other kind of artistic work.” (GNT)

45. A successful career requires you to identify the talents God has given you and then use them fruitfully:

Romans 12:6-8: “In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.” (NLT)

46. Every opportunity for worthwhile work, brings many challenges

1 Corinthians 16:9: “There is a real opportunity here for great and worthwhile work, even though there are many opponents.” (GNT)

47. Establish a solid foundation of Mentors:

Proverbs 20:18: “Get good advice and you will succeed; don’t go charging into battle without a plan.” (GNT)

48. Put 100% effort into your work because it is a reflection of your attitude to God

Colossians 3:23: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people.” (GNT)

49. Build your career on a good reputation and gracious spirit:

Proverbs 22:1“A sterling reputation is better than striking it rich; a gracious spirit is better than money in the bank. ” (MSG)

50. God’s wisdom attracts people and material resources that eventually result in career success and wealth:

1 Kings 10:23-25: “King Solomon was wiser and richer than all the kings of the earth—he surpassed them all. People came from all over the world to be with Solomon and drink in the wisdom God had given him. And everyone who came brought gifts—artifacts of gold and silver, fashionable robes and gowns, the latest in weapons, exotic spices, and horses and mules—parades of visitors, year after year.” (MSG)

Financial

Your career generates an income.

In order for that income to yield benefits, you need to understand fundamental principles of money.

As a result, money requires you to understand:

  • who the source is
  • how you acknowledge that source
  • how you can grow it
  • how you need to enjoy it
  • that generosity is a monetary obligation

51. God owns everything – including money:

Psalm 24:1: “The world and all that is in it belong to the Lord; the earth and all who live on it are his.”

52. You need to Tithe so that God’s ministry can grow and you can get blessed abundantly:

Malachi 3:10: “Bring the full amount of your tithes to the Temple, so that there will be plenty of food there. Put me to the test and you will see that I will open the windows of heaven and pour out on you in abundance all kinds of good things.” – (GNT)

53. You need to regularly dedicate some of your finances to offerings at your local church:

1 Corinthians: 16:2: “Every Sunday each of you must put aside some money, in proportion to what you have earned, and save it up, so that there will be no need to collect money when I come.” (GNT)

54. Your tithes and offerings are not about quantity. They are about equal sacrifice:

Luke 21:1-4: “Jesus looked around and saw rich people dropping their gifts in the Temple treasury, and he also saw a very poor widow dropping in two little copper coins. He said, “I tell you that this poor widow put in more than all the others. For the others offered their gifts from what they had to spare of their riches; but she, poor as she is, gave all she had to live on.” (GNT)

55. Although money is important, you must not worship it:

Hebrews 13:5: “Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never leave you; I will never abandon you.” (GNT)

56. Save money for your future so you can build wealth:

Proverbs 21:20: “The wise man saves for the future, but the foolish man spends whatever he gets.” (TLB)

57. Diversify the money you invest:

Ecclesiastes 11:1-2: “Invest your money in foreign trade, and one of these days you will make a profit. Put your investments in several places—many places even—because you never know what kind of bad luck you are going to have in this world.” (GNT)

58. Borrowing money makes you a slave to whoever lends it to you:

Proverbs 22:7: “The poor are always ruled over by the rich, so don’t borrow and put yourself under their power.”

59. Pay your bills and taxes:

Romans 13:7: “That’s also why you pay taxes—so that an orderly way of life can be maintained. Fulfill your obligations as a citizen. Pay your taxes, pay your bills, respect your leaders.” (MSG)

60. You must strive to build generational wealth:

Proverbs 13:22: “Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly.” (NLT)

Leisure

Contrary to what most believe, God wants you to have a good time here on earth.

He also wants you to rest.

Your leisure time is for fun and rest and scripture guides you on how to use/not use that time.

61. Serving God brings about joy and exquisite pleasure:

Psalm 16:11: “You have let me experience the joys of life and the exquisite pleasures of your own eternal presence.” (TLB)

62: Singing and dancing to great music in praise of God is an expression of God’s delight in you: 

Psalm 149:1-4: “Hallelujah! Sing to God a brand-new song, praise him in the company of all who love him. Let all Israel celebrate their Sovereign Creator, Zion’s children exult in their King. Let them praise his name in dance; strike up the band and make great music! And why? Because God delights in his people, festoons plain folk with salvation garlands!” (MSG)

63. A part of your leisure time needs be dedicated to rest and God: 

Deuteronomy 5:12-14: “Observe the Sabbath and keep it holy, as I, the Lord your God, have commanded you. You have six days in which to do your work, but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to me. On that day no one is to work—neither you, your children, your slaves, your animals, nor the foreigners who live in your country. Your slaves must rest just as you do.” (GNT)

64. Rest, in the busy world we live in, is not automatic. You need to be proactive and intentional about scheduling it into your life:

Mark 6:31-32: “There were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his disciples didn’t even have time to eat. So he said to them, “Let us go off by ourselves to some place where we will be alone and you can rest a while.” So they started out in a boat by themselves to a lonely place.” (GNT)

65. Celebrating the fruits of your hard work is a gift from God:

Ecclesiastes 3:13:All of us should eat and drink and enjoy what we have worked for. It is God’s gift.” (GNT)

66. Don’t allow your freedom to live and have fun cause others to stumble in their faith:

1 Corinthians 8:8: “Be careful, however, not to let your freedom of action make those who are weak in the faith fall into sin.” – (GNT)

67. Promiscuity is destructive:

Proverbs 31:3“Do not spend all your energy on sex and all your money on women, they have destroyed kings.” (GNT)

68. Leisure time should not be spent on a lifestyle of drunkenness because that leads you astray from God’s work:

Isaiah 5:9: “Doom to those who get up early and start drinking booze before breakfast, who stay up all hours of the night drinking themselves into a stupor. They make sure their banquets are well-furnished with harps and flutes and plenty of wine. But they’ll have nothing to do with the work of Godpay no mind to what he is doing.” (MSG)

69. Avoid gossiping in any of your leisure time: 

2 Timothy 2:16: “Keep away from profane and foolish discussions, which only drive people farther away from God.” (GNT)

70. Attending celebrations and festivities of both believers and non-believers is perfectly normal:

John 2:1-2: “Three days later there was a wedding in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there. Jesus and his disciples were guests also.” (MSG)

Charity

We all have the capacity for selfish behaviour.

Charitable deeds are an extension of what a life dedicated to God should yield.

In being charitable, the Bible teaches us that:

  • God initiated charity
  • Charity mostly benefits the one who is charitable
  • Charity grows a dimension of your life that often lies dormant
  • Deeds of charity should not be used as a means of showing off

71. God demonstrated charity and sacrifice by sending his one and only Son:

John 3:16-17: “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.” (MSG)

72. Charity attracts blessings and abundance:

Luke 6:38: “Give to others, and God will give to you. Indeed, you will receive a full measure, a generous helping, poured into your hands—all that you can hold. The measure you use for others is the one that God will use for you.” (GNT)

73. Charity teaches us humility, a servanthood spirit and brings about greatness in our lives:

Mark 10:41-45: “When the other ten heard of this conversation, they lost their tempers with James and John. Jesus got them together to settle things down. “You’ve observed how godless rulers throw their weight around,” he said, “and when people get a little power how quickly it goes to their heads. It’s not going to be that way with you. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not to be served—and then to give away his life in exchange for many who are held hostage.” (MSG)

74. Whilst it is good to give and be generous from little, God wants us to eventually give from a position of abundance:

2 Corinthians 9:8: “And God is able to give you more than you need, so that you will always have all you need for yourselves and more than enough for every good cause.” (GNT)

75. Being charitable helps you avoid the by-products of selfish behaviour:

Galatians 5:19-21: “It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on. This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom.” (MSG)

76. Charity will never go unnoticed by God:

Proverbs 19:17: “When you give to the poor, it is like lending to the Lord, and the Lord will pay you back.” (GNT)

77. Don’t show off and boast about your charity work. Try to be as discreet as possible:

Matthew 6:1-4: “Make certain you do not perform your religious duties in public so that people will see what you do. If you do these things publicly, you will not have any reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give something to a needy person, do not make a big show of it, as the hypocrites do in the houses of worship and on the streets. They do it so that people will praise them. I assure you, they have already been paid in full. But when you help a needy person, do it in such a way that even your closest friend will not know about it. Then it will be a private matter. And your Father, who sees what you do in private, will reward you.” (MSG)

78. Being charitable is a conviction that one must carry out cheerfully:

2 Corinthians 9:6-7: “Remember that the person who plants few seeds will have a small crop; the one who plants many seeds will have a large crop. You should each give, then, as you have decided, not with regret or out of a sense of duty; for God loves the one who gives gladly.” (GNT)

79. Charity is action that adds substance to your faith:

Jame 2:14-17: “Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?” (MSG)

80. Generosity reveals God’s goodness and ultimately leads people to God:

Matthew 5:14-16: “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

 Conclusion

Being a child of God is not easy. It is a life time journey that evolves with each and every single day that passes.

I’ve merely posted 80 pieces of scripture in a book that has thousands of scriptures.

Those scriptures are multi-faceted.

They need to be read – not only as isolated pieces of scripture – but a re-collection of occurrences that are as applicable today as they were centuries ago. And they entail characters that depict many of our characteristics and can be used as a useful means of refection.

These scriptures will test you.

At times they will confuse you because they seem contradictory.

In certain instances you will get angry because of some of the violent and seemingly sexist and racist scripture that seems very ungodly.

On some days you will cry because you are simply an emotional wreck trying to navigate through pieces of scripture that cuts straight to the depths of your soul.

All the above simply enforces that serving God as a Christian requires effort and commitment by way of meditating daily on the Word.

Through meditating you get meaning.

Through meditating you get context.

Through mediating, you begin to appreciate that you don’t have to get the answers to everything.

Sadly, because of the effort and process required, we are tempted to take short cuts. Worse still, we dismiss or turn our backs on God.

But God, in his wisdom, alerts us in the following scripture:

Matthew 7:13-14: “Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention.”

I am not a Pastor by any stretch of the imagination. I am merely a servant looking to serve God to the best of my ability.

So these 80 pieces of scripture are meant to stir something inside of you. You might disagree with the content. That’s fine and necessary. You might agree, and that’s awesome.

But, what I love most is that God initiates but never forces us. He gives us a choice at all times. A choice to:

  1. Believe that He does exists
  2. Live a life that acknowledges and showcases our belief system

Based on the above, first prize for me is to help you gravitate towards both and inspire you to regularly read and meditate on the Word and hopefully find gems and life-changing revelations that will help you soar far and high in life.

God Bless!

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