3 Leadership Benefits For Regular Bible Reading

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Image credit: TimChallies.com 

Doing anything daily is a challenge, let alone reading the Bible.

I’ve struggled for years to read my Bible daily without being legalistically rigid about it.

I’ve heard it said that “Successful people do daily what unsuccessful people do occasionally.

That’s tough to swallow, but it’s true.

I unashamedly love God’s Word. It instructs, comforts, challenges, protects and FILLS me. The Bible is my soul food.

And leaders are readers. Not all readers are leaders but all leaders are readers. 

The Bible provides amazing benefits to leaders.

(Don’t just think kings, pastors or priests. Think all leaders; moms, dads, teachers, bankers, lawyers, coaches, CEOs, and baristas!)

 As busy as leaders are (and I totally get it), no one should be too busy to become a self-feeder of God’s Word.

God knew that for the leader who intentionally made the reading of His Word a daily priority, three powerful and favor-filled benefits would be released in their lives.

When leaders get it right everyone wins.

These personal benefits become corporate blessings that touch everyone you lead.

Benefit #1 INTEGRITY

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 Deuteronomy 17:18-20 NLT “When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy for himself this body of instruction on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the Lord his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees.

…It will also prevent him from turning away from these commands in the smallest way.

Benefit #2 HUMILITY

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Deuteronomy 17:20 NLT This regular reading will prevent him from becoming proud and acting as if he is above his fellow citizens.

Reading the Bible brings perspective back into our lives. It removes distortion. It is humbling to look at your life in light of your Creator.  

Benefit #3 LONGEVITY (Generational Legacy) 

 Deuteronomy 17:20 NLT And it will ensure that he and his descendants will reign for many generations in Israel.

Longevity matters to every leader. John Maxwell nailed it when he said, “There is no success without succession.”

We teach what we know and we reproduce who we are. God's dreams are so large that they required generational cooperation. Think Abraham, Isaac, Jacob...

I don’t know a leader who would not benefit from increased levels of integrity, humility, and longevity.

These three benefits are waiting for each of us every day.

The Bible is a buffet but it is self-serve.

Discipline feeds desire and desire feeds discipline.

The more I read God’s Word, the more it is a part of my life out of delight instead of duty. 

In the world, we get hungry when we don’t eat.

In the Kingdom, we get hungrier the more we eat.

What I feed on is what I will hunger for.

Hunger is a sign of health.

May you hunger for and feast on God’s Word this week. There is gold waiting for you on those pages.

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Joshua Finley