There is a lot of practical advice in the world: work hard in school, be disciplined, respect others, take responsibility for your actions. This list is not exhaustive by any means, but it possesses several moral standards that are advised by most people. Each of these pieces serve together to sensibly prepare someone to be a morally decent person in the world. However, there is one piece of advice that stands out among the rest. Its practicality surpasses the moral standard and produces a fruit of authentic exceptionality to the one who upholds it; it is the best advice ever. The best advice ever is to simply read your Bible because it is good, applicable, manageable, and reapable.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”2 Timothy 3:16
Simply put, reading your Bible is good. More precisely known as God’s Word, it is intrinsically perfect because it is illuminated by a perfect God. The Lord of all creation cultivated a perfect compilation of works that all work together to proclaim the glory of Himself. Within its perfection, the Lord’s Spirit worked through different people in order to articulate His infinite presence to finite creations. While he used imperfect people, His Word still remains perfect because of inspiring Spirit. He reveals Himself to His image-bearers through His Word. He is good, so His Word is good.
Because His perfect and true Word is supremely good, it is also applicable. His Word, however, must not be demoted to something of a “self-help-book”. To give this label to the Bible is to profane the name of God. It is not a “self-help-book”; rather, it is the divine Word from a holy and perfect God who desires to reveal Himself to His creation, resulting in the transformation of the soul. His Word is “living and active” (Hebrews 4:12), always working to pick at, prune, and shape the lives of those who receive it humbly.
“Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.”James 1:21
Reading your Bible is also extremely manageable. Do you have 10 minutes to spare in your day? If you don’t think you do, think about it for a little: if you spend any time at all watching television, playing games, texting, eating, working out, then you have time in your day to open up God’s Word. Preferably, whenever you do spend time reading, be sure to also allow time for intimate reflection over what you’ve read. Not only is setting aside time to read important but also having time to respond and reflect over what you’ve read is essential too. Setting aside a specific time each day for reading His Word and for reflecting upon it is absolutely essential to when it comes to seeking Him out. The best part is that when we do seek Him out intentionally, everything else comes alongside it.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”Matthew 6:33
The culminating result of spending intentional time reading God’s inspired, perfect, good, applicable Word is a complete transformation of the mind. His Word is reapable; His Word produces fruit; His Word is beneficial. It is so beneficial that it works to completely transform the recipient’s mind, our minds. God’s Word is good, perfect, inspired, living, active, true, and applicable. So, it molds our thoughts and actions to conform to the image of His perfect Son. The reaping of God’s Word, the benefit of it, is that we would be further transformed into the humble image of His Son, into someone who truly desires the heart and will of the Lord, someone who possesses a sanctified mind that loves God.
The best advice ever is to open up your Bible and read it. When we get this right, the rest of the advice will come from the Lord Himself, right out of His Word. Set time aside daily to read His Word because it is good, applicable, manageable, and reapable.