The Word of God is given to us by God that we might feed on it and draw life from it as one would rely on daily bread.
Your words were found, and I ate them,
and your words became to me a joy
and the delight of my heart,
for I am called by your name,
O Lord, God of hosts. – Jeremiah 15:16 ESV
Look at the effect God’s Word had on Jeremiah – I have to check my own response to receiving God’s Word in my own life.
Paul challenges Timothy and us to be ready for the “end times.” There will be difficulties, there will be a choice made to further ourselves from God and be disobedient and there will be so many false teachers nipping away at the Church’s weakest members. Though many of these false teachers who think they have bested God in knowledge and power, they will be exposed in the end. I have to stand firm and I must hold fast to God’s Word if I am to be found as a faithful follower of Jesus.
I, in fact, believe that God’s Word – spoken and written – changes lives. It changed mine. A disciple has purpose.
You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness. – 2 Timothy 3:10 ESV
Here is another opportunity to see how important it is to disciple children -parents are the primary disciple-makers. The way I live matters.
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. – 2 Timothy 3:15 ESV
Daily engagement with the Word of God is the greatest single change factor for spiritual growth.
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
Think about this growing factor as if it was a project – like planting a garden. What steps were involved? Was there a definite start and finish? How significant was the order of the steps ( what would happen if I tried to change the order)? What resources were needed? What kind of effort was required? Did anything hinder the process, or negatively impact the result?
That the man of God[b] may be complete, equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:17 ESV