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)
Relate: When I was working in college ministry at SUNY Binghamton, I befriended a young man who was getting his master’s degree in evolutionary psychology. By culture and upbringing he was a Muslim but by what he believed he was an agnostic. We both loved history and religion but our understanding and approach to it was from such different angles that it made for some great (sometimes a bit too lively) discussion every time we got together. He made a statement early on that I wished I could disagree with. He said, “I don’t get it. You Christians make far greater claims for your holy book than both Jews and Muslims do for theirs but as a whole the average Jew and the average Muslim knows far more of their scripture than the average Christian. If you love God, and the Bible is the words of God, why don’t you give more effort into knowing what He says?”
React: I can’t speak with authority on the average Jew or Muslim but I can say that he is spot on with the average Christian. We use big words in our claims of what the Bible is. We say things like infallible, authoritative, and “God breathed” which comes right out of this verse. In spite of our claims, outside of a few pet verses that are often used out of context most Christians do not spend nearly enough time learning, studying, and applying the Bible to our lives. I was just reading last night that according to one survey the most commonly memorized “Bible verse” is “The Lord helps those who help themselves.” If Benjamin Franklin knew that he would so often be quoted as scripture he would probably roll over in his grave.
Could it be that we are so ignorant of our own scripture because the Bible not only teaches us, but it rebukes us? Is it because it not only trains us, but it also corrects us? Is it because when it equips us to do good, then we are actually responsible to get off our butts and go do it?
Dear God, I am sorry for my apathy when it comes to studying and learning Your word. Even more, I am sorry that I have not taken what I have learned and applied it to my life. Help me to fall in love with the Bible again. Even more, help me to make it the authority for how I live out my life.