"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12).
When we read God's Word, it is not just that we are reading it, but also, the Word is reading us! The Word of God exposes who we really are.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. ... And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth" (John 1:1-2, 14).
Jesus knows us better than we know ourselves. Jesus knows our thoughts and our intentions for everything. So we should not read the Word just for the sake of being "religious" or to gain more knowledge, which can lead to arrogance. We should read it to grow closer to Christ. Let's not study the Bible to try to find verses that seem to "justify" our lifestyles that might be contrary to God's Kingdom lifestyle. Let's study the Bible to see how God wants us to live in this present world until we see the return of Christ and see all things made new. God chose different people to write the Scriptures that comprise what we know as the 66 books of the Bible. From Genesis to Revelation the Scriptures ultimately point to the Messiah, Christ Jesus.
To study the Bible right, we have to consider why God gave us His Word. God gave us His Word to teach us about Himself. God gave us His Word to teach us about the world we live in. God gave us His Word to enable us to live godly lives. God gave us His Word to facilitate a relationship with Himself. God gave us His Word to show us how and why Jesus has been exalted to the highest place. God gave us His Word to prepare believers in Christ for our God-given mission of working with Him in His mission to redeem humanity.
Let's not come to the Bible with our own agendas, trying to find verses that support what we want to do. Let's come to the Bible humbly, allowing it to shape our hopes and dreams. Every time we study the Word of God we should gain more and more understanding about our mission on earth. Let's ask ourselves, "How can we take part in what God is doing in this world?" To read the Bible in a humble way, you assume the role of a student. It is backwards to search the Bible to find agreement with views we already hold. Instead, we should recognize that we know nothing.
Let us never forget what the Bible is: God's Word. It is His words to us. Let's be mindful of God's authority as He conveys His purpose and will to us. Francis Chan once wrote, "When we read the Bible we are hearing the voice of God." Let the Word of God be what transforms your view of not just some things, but everything. When you truly receive the Word of God with your whole heart and let it encourage you, convict you, rebuke you, correct you, and guide you, your whole heart has got to change.
I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.