The Power of 4

Have you ever wished that you could be a better christian than you are?  Sometimes we feel guilty over our inappropriate reactions to high pressure circumstances.  Sometimes our guilt is over a calculated selfish choice.  In either case we know we are called to something better.  We know that God expects more of us.  We’re frustrated because we disappoint him, others around us, and we don’t even meet our own expectations for our behavior.  Let me humbly say that the answer to that frustration is that you have got to let God into your heart.  Your actions will always follow the lead of your heart, regardless of where it’s going.   

You may be thinking that this is the obvious solution and that it is so much easier said than done.  I can almost hear someone saying, “How can he throw out such a simplistic answer?  The next thing he’s going to say is that I just need to read my Bible more.”  And one who says that would be right.  It is simple.  What many of us lack is the determination to do it. 

Earlier this month Psychologist Pamela Ovwigo of the Center for Bible Engagement published results of a research study she called “The Power of 4.”  Here is the finding of her study: 

“The life of someone who engages scripture four or more times a week looks radically different from the life of someone who does not.  In fact, the lives of Christians who do not engage the Bible most days of the week are statistically the same as the lives of non-Christians.”[1] 

Here are some of the ways Pamela found that engaging the Bible 4 days per week makes a difference.  Those who do are: 

  1. 1.    228% times more likely to share their faith with others
  2. 2.    231% times more likely to be a Christian mentor helping someone else grow into a servant of Jesus
  3. 3.    60% times less likely to feel spiritually stagnant
  4. 4.    59% times less likely to view pornography
  5. 5.    30% times less likely to struggle with loneliness
  6. 6.    31% times less likely to struggle with forgiving others
  7. 7.    416% times more likely to give financially to their church
  8. 8.    218% times more likely to give financially to causes other than their church 

The point of sharing these findings is notto give you one more thing to feel guilty about.  The point is to show you that consistent interaction with the Bible will make a difference.  It will make a difference because getting into the Bible every day is one of the ways that God’s Spirit becomes a part of your life.  Are you having trouble forgiving someone?  See how God’s forgiveness is manifested across the entire book.  Are you indulging in some habit as an escape from troubling issues of life?  Find your comfort in God’s word to you, not in indulging in some carnal passion that will only leave you with emptiness.  Are you feeling guilty about not sharing your faith?  How well do you know your faith?  Get into the book. 

But understand that this is no quick fix-it technique.  You can’t change habits overnight. It’s going to take consistent, thoughtful time spent in God’s word.  Maybe the most significant application is that you can’t rely on your exposure to the Bible at church to help you make the changes that are important to you.  Sunday and Wednesday are just not enough.  If you make this at least a 4 times a week habit changes will be gradual, but they will come.   Get a Bible and set aside some regular time.  You’ll be glad you did.


[1] the original article can be found at http://www.churchcentral.com/blogs/the-power-of-one-research-finding-that-changed-an-entire-ministry/