4. The Bible is God’s tool for refinement.
Thankfully, God not only reveals our shortcomings through the Bible, He also uses His Word to grow and mature us. God lays it out beside our lives as a measuring rod to teach, correct, and equip us in preparation for His purposes (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Every word is valuable. Every book is useful.
The Bible is not just another ancient book. God’s Word is timeless and relevant to all people throughout history. The eternal, unchanging God has revealed Himself, His purposes, and His ways to us in the Bible. We come to know Him, we come to Jesus Christ and find eternal life through the truths in His Word (2 Timothy 3:15). And yet we ignore it. Or we read it selectively or with a touch of skepticism preferring our own way over God’s.
So, what do we do now? How can we foster a stronger relationship with God’s Word?
First, let’s acknowledge the truth about the Bible. It is God’s inspired revelation of Himself. It is unchanging and true, relevant for today and every day.
Second, let’s commit to learn it and live by it – without compromise, without selectivity. And, finally:
Let’s hold the Bible out to others as God’s unchanging Word.
God is not surprised by the American Christian’s strained relationship with His Word. But to those of us who will listen, He calls us to something better. Just like Paul charged Timothy with the stewardship of God’s Word, God calls us today to be good stewards of His truth:
In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.2 Timothy 4:1-5, NIV
Even if everyone else turns away from the Truth, we can stand firm on God’s eternal Word.
A former “cultural Christian,” Bible teacher and speaker Kathy Howard now lives an unshakeable faith for life and encourages women to stand firm on our rock-solid God. The author of eight books, Kathy has a Masters in Christian Education. She and her retired husband live outside the Dallas/Ft Worth area with their miscellaneous assortment of dogs. Find free discipleship resources on her website, www.kathyhoward.org and connect with Kathy on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.
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