Every scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching,
for showing mistakes, for correcting, and for training character,
so that the person who belongs to God
can be equipped to do everything that is good. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
When learning a new skill, it is wise to seek and learn from those who have mastered that skill, whether it be playing an instrument, molding a piece of pottery, or perfecting a jump shot. If we open our lives to a person possessing the authority and knowledge to help us progress, then our training will naturally include correction, teaching, and steering away from common mistakes.
Just as a master of a skill or body of knowledge has much to offer us when consulted, so too does the Bible serve as the critical source for our formation as disciples of Jesus.
Reading the Bible leads to a transformed life, for the Bible points beyond itself to the God who inspired it. Through an encounter with the God revealed in Jesus Christ, we are given the gift of the Holy Spirit, united to the Son, and adopted as sons and daughters by the Father. The Bible is not an end in itself. It is given to us so that we might be joined to God, and transformed by God.
God, may I have a open heart, so that the Bible teaches me,
uncovers my errors, corrects me when I am wrong, and refines my character. Amen.