Scripture: Inspired by God to Train and Equip – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV

How many Bibles do you own? I have a lot of them; both paper and electronic. I use some of them daily and some less often. Some sit on the shelf unused; alternate translations now replaced by And still others are for giving to those who need a Bible. But the number of Bibles I have sitting on a shelf is not important. What is important is what I do with them.

God has given us the Bible, not as a science book, a book of philosophy, a history book, or as a book for bedtime reading. It is his revelation of himself to us. There are a great many other books that can be useful to us in our daily walk with God. But none of them can replace the Bible. God has given it to us to teach us about himself, to train us in the Christian life, and to correct us when we go astray.

The ultimate goal of the Scripture is to prepare believers for service in the kingdom. It is not enough to own a Bible, or a collection of Bibles. As with any training manual, you need to read it for it to have any value. But even reading it is not adequate. You need to allow God’s Spirit to guide you as you read. And you need to put into practice what you have learned.

The Scripture can be a challenge to read and absorb. But if you are really interested in growing in your faith, there is no better action you can take than to daily read God’s word, meditate on what it says, and put it into practice.


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