The value we place on something determines how we treat it. For instance, you probably wouldn't give much thought to caring for an old shoebox. Yet if someone placed $10,000 inside before handing you that same cardboard container, you'd likely rearrange your day to make sure it was properly protected against damage or theft.
Similarly, once we realize the worth of Scripture, we no longer read merely out of obligation. Instead, we hunger for its revelation and life-changing power.
Here's how God instructs us to read His "instruction manual for life." First, turn to it daily with eager expectation for what the Lord will reveal. Second, meditate upon the Word by thinking about what you've read and absorbing its meaning and implications. Third, study God's truth. There are a variety of ways to do this. For example, follow a specific word through the Old and New Testaments by using a concordance or search engine. Or study an entire book by dissecting one chapter at a time. Fourth, believe what the Lord says. Fifth, obey. In other words, apply what you read to your life situation. This often requires courage and discipline. Sixth, share what you've learned. This will encourage others while strengthening you and sinking the lesson deep in your heart.
The Bible may look like just another book. But it is living truth that can protect and guide, pierce and encourage. Nowhere else do we learn how to be saved so we can eventually dwell with the Lord in heaven. When we grasp Scripture's value, our interaction with God's Word will reflect its worth.
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