We have been studying 2 Timothy on Sundays for the last 4 weeks. As a pastor, I love Paul’s writings to Timothy. Paul gives him, a younger pastor, clear direction on what to do in his role. At the same time, he is giving us clear direction on how to live out the role of every believer.
If you haven’t, I’d encourage you to read through 2 Timothy on your own. As we close this series, I’d like to focus on two verses:
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. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Paul understood that wisdom comes from one place: God. God has left us His wisdom in Scripture, written out for us to read, learn from, and live out. We know it is truth, and not just something that sounds good or feels right, because it is inspired by God. He used the Holy Spirit to guide the authors of the books of the Bible to impart His story. It’s a narrative of His love and redemption along with our sin and foolishness all tied into one.
We understand God’s truth only when we intentionally seek it out. If Scripture is the place we find wisdom (and it is), then it makes sense that we would read it. Do you read Scripture? I don’t mean have you read it or do you read it on the screen on Sundays. I mean do you sit down with your Bible (or Bible app) open in front of you regularly, multiple times a week? If you don’t I encourage you to start.
“Where do I start?”
I’m glad you asked. I think you can’t go wrong with John; it’s the story of Jesus and explains the Gospel in detail.
If you want to know why what you are doing isn’t working and realize what is wrong in our life…If you want to be corrected and taught to do what is right… If you want God to prepare and equip you for making disciples… If you want to be wise, then read Scripture. Study it. Soak it in so much that it oozes out of you in how you think, feel, and act.
But if you don’t want to know what is true, then don’t bother opening your Bible. Don’t pay attention to what God says, because He is wise and His words are full of wisdom. If you choose this foolishness, heed this warning:
Mockers hate to be corrected, so they stay away from the wise… A wise person is hungry for knowledge – Proverbs 15:12, 14
For me, I’m going to choose to be wise and devour His knowledge. I hope you will make the wise choice as well and commit to spending time in the Word this week as we approach Easter.