This article is part of the Infographics series.
Time Well Spent?
If someone observed an average day in your life, how would they see you spend your time? How much of your time is given to TV, Facebook, YouTube, podcasts, hobbies, and housework? How much do you devote to Bible reading?
In August 2018, Crossway surveyed over 11,000 readers, asking questions about how much time they spend doing some of the things mentioned above. We then compared those responses with the average amount of time it takes to read various portions of the Bible based on the audio version of the ESV Bible.
See what we discovered in the infographic below.
Do you have a spare 4 minutes in your day? Take up and read the profound book of Jude or the challenging minor prophet, Obadiah. Can you set aside an hour of time? Immerse yourself in the full book of Nehemiah or the letter of Paul to the Romans. Time well spent!
There is immense value in reading all of Scripture, not just bits and pieces here and there. With daily consistency and persistence, it doesn’t take much to read through every book of the Old and New Testaments over the course of a year, six months, or even less.
It takes about 10 hours total to read all of the Gospels and the Book of Acts. If you spend 20 minutes per day, you could read all 5 books in just 1 month. It takes about 15 hours to read all of the Prophets, from Isaiah to Malachi. Spend just 30 minutes a day reading the Prophets, and a month from now you will have read all 17 prophetic books. What other patterns can you find?
While none of these types of media is inherently evil, they do tend to take up our time and energy in ways we don’t necessarily anticipate or plan for. With almost 60% of people watching TV and almost 50% active on social media for 30 minutes or more every day, perhaps neglect of Bible reading is not a result of lacking the time.
On the other hand, it is remarkable what we would be able to accomplish if we consistently set aside 1 hour of time every day for focused reading and study. Imagine how our lives personally—and the church corporately—would be impacted by Christians reading the entire Bible more than 4 times this year!