“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
I was listening to a morning radio program yesterday as the hosts interviewed a young, Christian rapper. He was asked his opinion of several currents events, including his thoughts of drinking alcohol, the controversial new reality series “Preachers of LA” and other topics. The hosts, who readily admitted to not regularly studying the Bible, brought up the seven deadly sins and wanted to know what they were. The young rapper quickly dismissed the question and stated he didn’t think that was listed anywhere in the Bible and that it was a “cultural thing”. Not exactly.
Proverbs 6:16-19 lists six things the Lord hates; seven that are detestable to Him.” The detestable acts aren’t titled “The 7 Deadly Sins” and they are not named as the world has been taught to remember, but they are provided in the Word. The young rapper had a brilliant opportunity to educate an audience that desperately needed it and missed it. I don’t know if his missed opportunity stemmed from ignorance of the Word or his excitement of promoting his new record, but it was a golden moment to introduce the Lord to listeners who didn’t know Him for themselves. Paul further delves into these things as well as the fruit of Spirit in Galatians 5:19-23.
This is a wordy post, but I felt it worthy because it provides a real-life example of why it is important to not just read your Bible and memorize Scripture, but to study it for understanding.
Have a blessed day!
“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
I remember watching a weekly television program titled In Search Of… as a child. The series investigated mysteries and phenomena. I would sit engrossed as the existence of UFOs as well as historical events like the Lincoln assassination were examined. It was breezy way to pass time and I always felt like I was learning something new, even though each show began with a disclaimer that the theories expressed were based on conjecture.
One form of media, a perennial bestseller, does not need such a disclaimer. We don’t have to be “in search of” its Author as He is always with us. We only have to accept Him. Every time I study the Bible I don’t just feel I am learning something vital for my existence, I know. The Bible is God’s Word. God’s Word has been tried, tested and proven throughout time. It is unwavering in the face of changing social mores. It is everlasting in a world of passing fads. Don’t take my word for it – study the Word for yourself.
May the Lord be with you.
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
Christians are human and face human trials and tribulations daily. One common misconception is once you commit your life to Christ all your problems go away. Anyone who has walked this Christian path knows that is not true. With Christ, our problems don’t instantly go away; with Christ we have an anchor to steady us through life’s storms.
If life’s storms have you feeling down on yourself or others, remember that we are all God’s workmanship. Workmanship is defined as the art or skill with which something is made or executed. We are God’s artwork, so to speak. We should not feel that we – or others – are inferior or without merit based upon the world’s ideals. God has already deemed us worthwhile and valuable. The world’s opinions are constantly changing; God’s Word is unchanging. Let’s start believing what God says about us and place less value on the world’s view.
May God’s blessings continue in your life.
“Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise:
Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food for the summer;
coneys are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags;
locusts have no king, yet they advance together in ranks;
a lizard can be caught with the hand, yet it is found in kings’ palaces.”
So what does this mean? Just how are ants, coneys, locusts and lizards wise? We can actually learn a lot from these animals and insects. The ant demonstrates preparation. The coney (also called rock rabbit which is a rodent-like mammal with feet that have hoof-like toes) demonstrates wise building. Note: a crag is a steep rugged rock or peak. Locusts demonstrate cooperation and order. The lizard shows us fearlessness.
Go about your day today as the ant, coney, locust and lizard: Be prepared, reach for the heights, get along with others and don’t live in fear. May God’s blessings continue to rain upon you!
When quoting Scripture, be careful to read the entire chapter or even the entire book in which it was written to make sure you are applying it in its proper context. Read more…