In my last blog post, I mentioned a conversation I had with a dad. It came out that his son has a daily section of homework where he has to read a book of his choosing for an allotted amount of time. This dad has begun encouraging his son to read the Bible during that time. I listed out several ways that incorporating the Bible into this required reading time could have educational advantages, and in this post I would like to list out spiritual advantages.
Here are a few spiritual advantages of leveraging required reading in this way:
- It helps your child realize that the Bible is readable. If you have your child read the same book of the Bible sequentially (preferably a narrative driven book such as Genesis, 1&2 Samuel, the Gospels or Acts), then your child can begin to see that the Bible is not just some mystical book that only pastors and scholars can understand. And it isn’t a huge book full of fortune cookie style quotes. The Bible is a book that has a concrete meaning behind it. It tells a story and can be read by an eight year old, and has meaning.
- It may give your child an opportunity to share their faith with a teacher or classmates. If your child has been reading the Bible during their reading time, then when it comes time to write a paper or share with the class about what he has been reading, then he will have an opportunity to tell his teachers or classmates about the truths of Scripture.
- It is a great doorway into introducing a quiet time. I am not willing to say that reading the Bible every day is a Christian necessity, but I am confident that as a believers mind is renewed with the truths of Scripture, their affections for Christ will be heightened and their knowledge of God’s character is increased. So overall, daily quiet times are a good and helpful activity. And who knows, if your child should get in the habit of daily reading the Bible as a part of school; he may find it easier to daily have a quiet time.
- It may open their hearts to the realities of God’s character. I think that this is the most obvious reason and the most important reason for having your child read the Bible during his required reading time. Whether your child is in a private school, a public school or homeschooled, he can grow in his knowledge of God’s character and the story of redemption that fills the pages of the Bible.
Exposing your child to God’s Word is an essential part of commending the Lord to him. So leverage all you can to have him engage the Bible. Use his required reading time to grow him in his knowledge of God, continue it in the summer and pray that his time produces spiritual fruit. After all, if all the goals in the previous post are accomplished, but the ones in this post are not, then the ultimate goal is not met, and the Bible becomes just another book.