While reading today I just noticed verse 17 and I realized this is why it is so important to open God’s word and learn. In verse 16 we are told, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realizes what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.”
There is nothing more important for us developing and growing to be like Christ. The first three words in verse 17 are, “God uses it.” Well that is why we need to open it and open our hearts so we can change.
As I looked at the beginning of the Gospel of John in chapter 1 verse 1 it says, “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.” This should motivate us to be in the word and live by what it says. We have got to get our focus off the world and off ourselves and go to God as an open vessel. When we know the word we are comfortable in all situations to be an example and live it out.
Chapter 4 verse 2 says, “Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.” If we as fully devoted followers of Jesus can’t open His word and learn how can we consider ourselves fully devoted? And if we aren’t excited about sharing our faith and celebrating true life how can we be fully devoted?
I want to pray for my growth and the growth of all believers that there be total focus and passion to learn to be like Christ. Think about chapter 4 verse 5 as you self-evaluate yourself. “But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God have given you.”
We need to make our walk real and active just as the word is. Amen