“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16 (ESV)
If you were training in the winter for a marathon and owned a treadmill, would you leave it untouched, collecting dust? Would you stop seeing your personal trainer? Would you keep your running shoes tucked away in the closet and wear sandals to train instead?
Of course not — we would use all the tools we’re given to reach the goal we’re training for.
But it’s so easy for many of us as believers to miss the opportunity to use the resources we’ve been given when we leave our Bibles on the shelf.
If you look around your house, you’ll probably find more than one copy of God’s Word lying about on bookshelves, nightstands and coffee tables. Many Christian homes have multiple versions — Bibles in leather or hardcover, study Bibles, even journaling Bibles with space for artwork.
We have so many options for reading and studying the Word of God, yet so often we end up looking elsewhere for help. Listen to what the Apostle Paul wrote in a letter to young Timothy, whom he discipled in ministry:
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:14-16, ESV).
“Able to make you wise,” and “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” All of these attributes of Scripture play a part in training us to run the race of faith well. The Bible tells us why God’s Word is meant to be used, understood, and treated like a source and a resource, not a decoration on the shelf.
In other words, Paul was saying to Timothy: Don’t stop studying and reminding yourself of what you’ve learned about who God is and what He’s done for you through Jesus. Everything He wants us to know about Him and His love for us has been recorded for us by those whom the Lord used specifically to do the job. Keep on keeping on with those truths at the center of your life. They will make you wise because of Jesus and not because of yourself. They will be your source for anything good you have to teach others. And when you have to say hard things to help someone (including yourself) turn away from sin, the Word of God will keep you in line with what is most useful in helping people change and grow up in godliness.
The same is true for me and for you.
It’s easy to give up or not even try when we think we won’t be good at something. And that’s exactly why we have to be intentional about spending time with God and His Word.
Just like your family, my family needs Jesus, and we need to see His sanctifying work in each of our lives every day. We do this by making family worship a priority.
It doesn’t have to be formal or perfect. We keep our family worship simple with just two elements: God’s Word and prayer.
Sometimes we gather right after dinner, but after a long day, we usually circle up on the floor in someone’s room before bed. Don’t strive for ideal — just start somewhere. As G.K. Chesterton was known to say: “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.”
Are you ready to lace up your sneakers and walk with your family in all that you’ve been given through the Word of God?
Lord, help me be intentional with my family and point them to Jesus with the tools and resources You’ve given, even when — especially when — it’s not perfect. May my children grow to know and love You more and more. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Written by:Ruth Chou Simons