Bible reading is profitable. Sometimes it’s more profitable than at other times. How might we read the Scriptures so we received the greatest value from them? How about starting with a commitment?
Saving money, losing weight, driving the speed limit, and speaking graciously all begin with a commitment to consistently follow through on a particular pattern of behavior. And spiritual transformation also begins with a commitment to allow the Spirit of God to use the Word of God to make you into a man of God. Scripture will only benefit you and change you when you intentionally take action on what you are learning and reading. Reading and learning without application will result only in a prideful, hardened heart. So every time you approach the Scriptures, make David’s prayer your prayer too: “Create in me a clean heart, O God” (Ps. 51:10).
To that end, several years ago I synthesized a series of principles for Bible reading and meditation that I have found helpful. You might even print this out and stick it in the back of your Bible or use it as a bookmark where you are reading to remind you of these principles.