When you go for a hike it doesn’t work to take a step, turn around and enjoy the view. For one, the view doesn’t change that much with each step, and secondly, you’ll likely never make it to the top of the mountain if you spend all your day trying to appreciate how far you’ve come. It is far better to put your head down, plow forward, and at regular intervals take in the progress that’s been made. As you tackle the final week of the challenge, take a look back over the terrain we’ve covered from the vista of reading the whole New Testament. If you’ve never done something like this before, a special congrats are in order.
Hopefully this summer’s reading plan has helped spur you on in forming, cultivating, and maintaining the discipline of reading the Bible. Moving forward, remember that the Christian life isn’t defined by the number of pages turned, the number of days in a row, or the amount of verses you remember from that day’s reading. Your life, from top to bottom, is defined by Christ. He is what the Word proclaims. He is Who you are seeking by reading Scripture. It testifies of Him.
John tells us that, “This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent (Jhn. 17:3).” Never swerve from that path. Tread it out day by day. There will be vistas of enjoyment where you can survey how far the Lord has brought you. There will be dark valleys, full of thickets, where it feels like your progress has slowed to a crawl. But He shall sustain you to the last. Here’s to many more treks through the forest of His Word, and to glorious views of our glorious Lord and Savior Jesus.