One of the great challenges of reading the Bible is discovering why the parts that have nothing to say to me are there. For example, many people attempt the "I am going to read the entire Bible-straight through" pilgrimage. To their dismay, Leviticus and Numbers seems to have little for them so they usually just give up. There is not enough information "for me."
I have a friend, Sidney Bonvallet, who just walked the El Camino de Santiago in Spain. 500 miles in five weeks. She walked the same route the Apostle James walked almost 2,000 years ago to take the Good News to Spain. Her trip was filled with many interesting places. (You can read, listen and see her experience on http://www.talesontheelcaminotrail.blogspot.com.) The truth behind the journey is that there is a lot of walking between the interesting stuff. The only way to get the compostela (proof that you walked the entire 500 miles) is to walk the entire 500 miles-interesting parts and boring monotonous parts.
Reading the Word is very similar. One understands and values the interesting parts to the degree that they wade through the less interesting, less personally connective parts. I would assert that it is in the discipline of reading the stuff "not for me" that I better understand the stuff "for me."
This sermon is going to be great when I figure out exactly what God wants me to say about Paul's defense of his ministry.