Recently I was talking to my class that I teach on Sunday mornings on the importance to read their Bibles regularly. And by regularly, I mean daily. The Bible is a manual. It is our training guide. It is God instructing us how to live and deal with situations that may occur in our lives. As leaders, we need to be in the Word almost constantly. How can we lead others if we do not know the Word and allow God to speak to us through His Word?
We hear of military personal training constantly as they prepare for deployments and other actions they may take while serving in the military. Why do they do that? So when they get into the heat of the battle, their actions will be second nature to them. They will respond as necessary by instinct – they will know how to act and respond without thinking.
I worked in the nuclear energy world for many years. Our operators trained regularly; in fact, it is part of their shift rotation to spend a week in training. Why? So they can be prepared for any emergency that may occur at the facility. From a leaking pipe to a core meltdown. They will know what needs to be down to protect the plant and the people as necessary during an emergency. They will act from pure instinct. As if they had already been there and done that.
There are other professionals that do the same such as firefighters, EMTs, and law enforcement personnel. If these professionals believe it is imperative for them to constantly trained in case of an emergency so they can respond in a manner that is second nature; why should we think that all we need to do as a Follower of Christ is just go to church, maybe attend a Sunday School class, or a weekly bible study and not read, to bury our nose in the Bible daily.
Reading the Bible and applying the teaching of God’s Word into our lives is the training for Christ Followers so they will know when the enemy attacks how to respond. There is a battle that is raging around us every day. It is the Battle for our Souls. Obviously, if you are a child of God the victory has been won and you are fighting from victory. But if you do not know how to respond to situations that may be thrown at you from time-to-time then you will live a life of oppression. That is not how God wants us to live.
As men leaders, get into the Word. Stay in the Word. Reading other books is okay and we can learn from them if they are aligned with the Word of God; but, the majority of your reading should be in the Bible. If it is not, START! Encourage your men to read. The three things I encourage the men in my discipling groups to do is 1) Read, 2) Read, and 3) Read. And let the Bible be the book you read the most often.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. – Psalm 1:1-3
Together in the adventure and challenge to disciple men.