Jesus said in Matthew 6:22-23 “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” What we engage with, spend our time on, seek out does affect us. We know this to be true when it comes to the food we eat. There is the old saying “you are what you eat!” I would suggest that this rule is a universal one and not just limited to our nutrition. Whatever has our attention inevitable become a part of us.
So what does this all have to do with books? I want you to seriously consider this next question. I mean honestly think about it and be brutal with yourself about the answer. How much do I read the bible in a given day? An hour? thirty minutes? five minutes? Only you know the answer. If you don’t try keeping track for a day, or week, and see how much time you spend reading it.
Now, think about how much time you devote to reading the news, watching TV, Facebook (I’m guilty of spending more time on it than I care to admit), etc. Now how much more time would you have spent with your bible if you take one of those items and swap it for bible reading?
What I am getting at is this, if we are truly wanting to be more like Christ, to grow in the knowledge of Him, then what are we doing now to make that a reality? What kind of Christian do you want to be in five years? What are you doing now to make that a reality?
Now, some will say “I just don’t have the time to read.” To that I say, you’re right! You don’t have the time because you are not making the time. I love to read books for enjoyment. I normally cycle through Sci-fi, western mystery, and fantasy. But, I never found the time to read them (so I thought). Meanwhile my friend from college would go through two or three books a week in addition to his class readings. I wondered how on earth did he find the time to read at the pace he did. I mean we had the same class load, both were history majors, and worked about the same hours. So I finally asked him just how did he read so many books. He told me that he carried with him the book he was reading and any moment he had that was free he would just pull it out and start reading. It may have been only a few minutes but it adds up quickly. So I began doing what he did and sure enough I was going through books quickly (not at the pace as he was but more nonetheless).
If you are serious about being a better Christian you need to be engaging in God’s Word and the only way to do that is to read it. You have to decide how big of a property it is to you. It comes down to making the time.
For help on how you can add more reading to your day I would recommend How to Read More Books over at Art of Manliness. Brett does a great job walking you through ways you can get more reading out of your day.