All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
Do you want to be thoroughly equipped and completely prepared to go and fruitfully serve me? That’s not a hard question to answer. Yes, of course I want to be thoroughly equipped and completely prepared to serve you. Who would say otherwise? Who would say no to such a question? You are right, not many would use their words to say no to my question. Many however do not back up their words with their actions. I’m not following you. How will I thoroughly equip and completely prepare you to go and serve me? What tool will I use to teach you? How will I rebuke and correct you? What will I use to train you to live the life that I have called you to live? Those are good questions. Do you have any answers? Yes, I do. You will use your word to teach me. You will use your word to rebuke and correct me. You will use your word to train me to live the life that you have called me to live. That’s right. I will use my word to accomplish those purposes in your life.
Can someone honestly say that they want to be thoroughly equipped and completely prepared to go and fruitfully serve me if they spend almost no time meeting with me in my word? I think not. You are correct in your thought. How will you answer my question with both your words and your actions? I will set apart a special time and place to meet with you every day in your word. Every day? Why would it be necessary for you to meet with me every day in my word? That sounds like a trick question. Not really. I do expect an answer. I have asked you a very important question. I want your answer to be in the forefront of your heart and mind. Well, I’m positive that there isn’t a day that I don’t need to hear from you. Every day, I need to be taught by you. Every day, I need to be rebuked and corrected by you. Every day, I need to be trained to live the life that you are calling me to live. Every day, I need to be thoroughly equipped and completely prepared to go and fruitfully serve you. I don’t want anything to hinder your work in me. I don’t want anything to short circuit my preparation. So, I will meet with you every day in your word. That will be very good.
Lord, thank you for your word. Your word has taught me. Your word has rebuked and corrected me. Your word has trained me. Your word changed my heart, transformed my mind and guided my life. Your word has equipped me to go and fruitfully serve you. Amen
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