Cleaning the Fish – Tools Needed
The “Tools” Work – Part 2
Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 3:10-17
Key Verse: 2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness
Our suggested scripture reading for today and yesterday’s devotional describe the work of the Bible, what it accomplishes. When we read the Bible with alert minds and a sincere heart for learning, it will rebuke us for wrong doing! Rebuke is a strong word, but we know that our hearts can be stubborn at times. We can form habits that are hurting us yet we are stuck in those practices. Something and someone must help us; God gives His Word as the answer to our need. His rebuke is strong and breaks the chains of sin.
The apostle goes on to say that God’s Word corrects us. Not only does the Bible rebuke our wrong doing, it goes on to show us a better way of doing life! When we read and follow God’s instructions, we realize it works! Our lives, our relationships, our finances, our jobs, all get better when we follow God’s ways!
God’s Word is useful for teaching and training. When Jesus told us to go make disciples, part of that disciple making process is “teaching” them all that Jesus taught while He walked on this earth. When we use the Bible for our own “instruction manual” for life and as material to teach others, we all will be “thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:17).
Father, your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path! I will live it and teach it as you help me. In Jesus’ name, amen.