“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
The Bible was written by men divinely inspired by God and is the revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It is profitable, meaning it is beneficial or useful. It comes from a root word that has the idea of heaping up or accumulating something that will give you a benefit or an advantage. The Bible provides everything necessary to make you the person God wants you to be. There is an accumulating benefit that comes from the regular study of God’s Word. It builds into your life day by day, things that are beneficial to becoming a mature person in Christ. That’s how education works. Take math for example. First you learn basic math, then algebra and trigonometry, and finally – calculus. It all accumulates to making you a competent mathematician. God’s Word functions the same way. Paul states that God’s Word is profitable in four areas of life: doctrine (what is right), reproof (what is not right), correction (how to get right with God), and instruction in righteousness (how to stay right with God). One piece builds upon the other, equipping you to be a well-rounded and faithful Christian. The more you study, the more profitable it will be.
Do I have a plan as to how I am going to study God’s Word? (reading plan, morning, evening, etc.)
Do I have a period of time that I will spend in the study of God’s Word?
Do I have a person whom I have given permission to hold me accountable in my study of God’s Word? If no, why not?