Reading the Word
2 Timothy 3:14–17 (ESV) — 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Understanding and Applying the Word
Today begins a new year. This is a time when many set goals for the year ahead. Some will determine to eat healthier or exercise more frequently. Others will set financial goals or determine to have a different mindset in the days and months ahead. I want to challenge myself and you to resolve to make the daily reading of God’s word a priority in 2021.
Why is consistent Bible reading so important? It is important for us for the same reason it was important to Timothy, whom Paul addresses in today’s verses. Paul told Timothy to continue in the things he had learned from the Scriptures because “all Scripture is breathed out by God.” This means it comes from God. The words of our Bible are God’s words to us and if this is true, then those words are important for us. In fact, Paul tells Timothy and us that the words of Scripture are “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” It is through God’s word that we are molded and shaped as Christians. It is through the word that we are made “complete, equipped for every good work.”
God gave us his word in order that we may know him and have our minds and hearts fashioned in godliness. Let us make it a priority to read it every day so that we can draw nearer to the One who gave it to us and so it can do its work in us.
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