The 15 Minute Challenge

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Take a moment to write down (or make a mental list) of all of the things you spend at least 15 minutes doing daily. You know, things like eating, sleeping, driving, watching TV, tweeting, texting, lifting weights, talking to your spouse/children, going to meetings, etc. How many things make your list?

If I gave you a book filled with financial advice and told you that if you spend just 15 minutes a day reading it and putting its financial principles into practice you’re guaranteed to make millions, and if I could back that up with a long list of testimonials of people who had done it, you’d likely add it to your list of things to do.

Similarly, if I gave you a book about health and nutrition and said if you spend just 15 minutes a day reading and doing what it says, you’ll virtually never get sick and it will add at least 10 years to your life, you’d probably be motivated to add it to your list.

Now please reread the verses above from 2 Timothy. They talk about a book—the Bible—that claims to be the very word of God. if you read and study it, you’ll come to know your creator, his plans for the future, and his guidance for how to handle all the ups and downs of life. Plus, you’ll learn the path to peace, hope, endurance, and wisdom. And, best of all, you’ll learn how to experience the joy of sins forgiven and how to receive the guarantee of eternal life.

Psalm 1:3 tells us that the person who reads the Bible daily “is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.”

The Bible is the word of God Almighty. Do you have 15 minutes a day to read it?

Having begun as a guest speaker in 2005, Dan was appointed Interim Pastor in 2008 and has been serving Maple Root Baptist ever since. As a small group leader and Chaplin for the Connecticut Tigers, Dan has a heart for the lost and the God that saves them.

Dan Kinnaman

Pastor, Maple Root Baptist Church