I remember telling one of my friends a while back, “You GET to go camping in Yosemite this weekend??” Okay—so I was a little jealous, but I promise I was happy for him.
Did you notice how I used the word “get”? “Get” implies a privilege and an honor. And “getting” to spend time with the God of the galaxies, the Creator, and your Rescuer and Redeemer is exciting, to say the least!
David said once, “O God, You are my God; earnestly will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1). You can sense his passion and longing to be with God. The more time one spends in Christ’s presence, the more this desire is created. A reading plan gives structure to allow you to spend that treasured time with Jesus.
2. You obtain measurable results
There is nothing better than having a long to do list and being able to complete and check off items from that list…Success! Not only do you feel organized, but you see what you have accomplished and what you have left to do.
As Ellen White writes, “Success in any line demands a definite aim” (Education 262). A reading plan gives you definite, measurable goals and results. It is incredibly rewarding to be able to check off each day as you are working toward the goal of reading through the Bible or Steps to Christ or whatever book it may be. Looking back and seeing the small successes motivates you onward to finish.
3. You form a habit
Experts say that it takes 21 days to form a habit. If a reading plan is 365 days, you have 17 attempts to form a habit which leaves quite a favorable success rate.
What we each desperately need is time spent with the Master. Ellen White writes that many workers for God hurry through their devotions each morning; “with hurried steps they press through the circle of Christ’s presence, pausing perhaps a moment within the sacred precincts, but not waiting for counsel. They have no time to remain with their Teacher” (Education 260). Far too often, we find ourselves in this category.
A reading plan pushes us to form a habit of dedicated time with God. “Not a pause for a moment in His presence, but personal contact with Christ, to sit down in companionship with Him, this is our need” (Education 260).
Check out a reading plan here for the New Testament, Desire of Ages, and Steps to Christ!