2 Timothy 2:1-4:18
2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
Since the German goldsmith, Johannes Gutenberg, created the first printing press in 1440, an estimated 15 billion Bibles have been produced. That’s almost two Bibles for every person on earth today! It’s the most sold (and stolen) book of all time. And for thousands of years, in every corner of the world, it’s the most discussed, dissected, and debated literature known to man.
So, how is such an ancient book relevant to our lives in 2021? What makes it more than just another self-help book? For starters, God Himself inspired every single word. Its illustrations may be from the ancient world, but human nature — like God Himself — never changes. Just think about it: have sexual impurity, moral relativism, self-absorption, pride, lust, anger, vulgarity, violence, and other sins simply vanished over time? NO! Take a look around; they’re just as much a problem today as they have ever been! It’s in the pages of Scripture that we find the solution to our human pollution — the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Through Him, our sin is forgiven, and our lives are forever changed.
The Bible wasn’t merely written for our information; it was written for our transformation. God doesn’t want us to read it like a good mystery novel and walk away. We’re to study it, chew on it, filter our decisions through it, and live it out. God uses it for our correction, protection, and perfection. The more we read and apply what we’ve learned, the more we reflect Christ through our words and actions. As we mirror our perfect and holy Savior, our lives will fire on all cylinders and be made effective for our ultimate purpose — to glorify our great God!
Dear Lord, Thank You for revealing Yourself to me through Your Word. Help me to trust the very words You have inspired and rely on Your absolute truth. Grant me wisdom and understanding to apply what I’ve learned that I may live life to the full in a manner pleasing to You! Amen.