2 Timothy 3:10-17
"(10) You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, (11) persecutions, sufferings - what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet, the Lord rescued me from all of them. (12) In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, (13) while evildoers and impostors will go from back to worse, deceiving and being deceived. (14) But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, (15) and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. (16) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, (17) so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
The Profitable Word
Why should you read the Bible? To some people, it's just an archaic book that has little relevance today. But for believers, God's Word is essential and life-changing. Christians living in countries where Bibles are illegal would love to have access to Scripture that you and I take for granted.
Consider what the world would be like if God had not given us His Word. Though we would still have the testimony of creation to tell us who He is, our understanding of God and how to follow Him wouldn't be as clear. "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse" (Romans 1:20). The Bible's pages contain knowledge of God. "His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness" (2 Peter 1:3).
Reading God's Word has many benefits. The apostle Paul describes four ways Scripture is profitable for believers. "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16).
Teaching. The Bible has all the divine truth that God wants us to know. From Scripture, we deepen our relationship with the Lord, see life from His perspective, and understand how He wants us to live.
Reproof. God's Word is a light that reveals our sins and a sword that pierces and convicts so we can confess and receive forgiveness.
Correction. Scripture restores and points us to godly living and obedience.
Training in righteousness. The Word of God trains us to stay on the path of righteousness and mature spiritually.
The end result of teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness is a life adequately equipped to live as the Lord desires. With so much to gain, why would we ever neglect this most precious gift from God?