2 Timothy 3:10-17
All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work (vv. 16-17).
Writing to Timothy, his son in the ministry, Paul balanced warning and instruction. Paul reminded his protégé to continue engaging God’s Word like he had done since childhood. Paul emphasized that the Bible was inspired by God to equip Christ’s followers for their work.
What keeps people from reading the Bible? The Bible is pushed to the side in part because people are just too busy. – Barna Group Report, State of the Bible 2014
I’m a pastor, not a custodian or even on the building committee. But one Sunday morning I took my heavy nylon tool bag to church, loaded with a cordless drill with bits and drivers, a two-foot level, a pry bar, a tape measure, and a hammer. My plan was to hand out tools, not as a new men’s promotional event, but as an illustration to my sermon. That’s where it got interesting. You know the claw on the back of a hammer? It’s best used for removing nails, but it’s also quite effective at getting caught on a tool bag and launching itself from a pastor’s hands toward innocent people in the pews. In one swift motion, I launched a spinning hammer four feet high and four feet forward toward a dear sister in Christ. I could imagine the headline: “Congregant Nailed by Pastor’s Hammer.”
Thankfully, my hammer fell short of the woman and clunked down in the aisle. But it got me thinking: When is the last time I was stopped short by something God revealed to me as I was reading His Word? When we read God’s Word with our minds intent and receptive to His teaching, we invite Him to challenge, transform, and use us as our faith in Him grows.
- Read: 2 Timothy 3:10-17.
- Ask: How regularly do you read the Bible with a focus on hearing what God might be teaching you
- Ask: What are some things God has revealed to you as you were reading His Word?
- Pray: Lord, give us faith to trust Your Word and courage to live out what it says.
This article is an excerpt from Stand Firm: God’s Challenge for Today’s Man.
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