Why spend time studying the Bible?
Mel Tavares (C) 2017
What profit is there from investing hours, days, weeks, months, or years in studying the Word of God?
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
We study, not just to show ourselves approved (as 2 Timothy exhorts us to). We study, not just for our own benefit, so that we may live righteous and holy lives before our Living God and Savior. We also must study to become equipped for every good work, regardless of our particular area of calling to the ministry. The Bible provides spiritual truth in doctrine; reproof in showing our imperfections; correction by revealing our sinful failures; and instruction in living a righteous life.
We minister to people from all walks of life. They are broken and hurting, empty and despondent. Whether they be in prison, prostituting themselves on the streets, dealing with a chronic illness, or are the rich man (or woman) sitting in a business meeting; they need to answers to their questions. They need healing. They are captives that need to be set free. They are parents that need to know how to deal with their kids, the addict who needs deliverance.
We are on the brink of revival here in New England, and we here in Connecticut are going to be instrumental in the revival. Revival happens when people decide enough is enough and they can no longer deal with living with what this world has to offer, and they cry out to God. When hundreds, yea thousands, yea tens of thousands begin to cry out and hunger and thirst after God-revival breaks out. When revival begins to break out (as it is now, with embers of revival fires beginning to burn), spiritually hungry and hurting people are going to turn to us for answers. We must be ready and equipped, for there will be no time to start learning at that point. If a water main breaks in town, there is an immediate need for an equipped workman to step in with his toolbox and knowledge and immediately remedy the breach. So it is with ministering to people. We need to be ready, because the floodgates are beginning to open.
We know there is no deficiency in the Bible for man, in any of the situations in which we may be in life. Every situation that I just mentioned and so many more, are addressed in the Word of God. Who in this world is not concerned about finances? If they turn to us for answers, we must be ready to point them to the 2200+ Scriptures that deal with money issues. The lonely, the broken hearted, those who have succumbed to a myriad of temptations then repented and are now looking for a roadmap of how to live….these are the ones who are all around us and are beginning to cry out for answers. Where the Bible is silent on specifics—such as where a young person should go to college—then we are to apply biblical principles (good stewardship of God-given resources, protecting one’s heart and mind from godless influences, etc.) to the situation while at the same time allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal direction. Regardless of the situation a person is facing, answers are found within the Bible.
The revival fires are smoldering and we must study to be equipped with a full toolbox, ready to give answers to the hope that lies within us, but also with real answers for real issues people are facing. I read this quote recently “Christians need not go down to the Philistines to whet their tools, nor be beholden to unwritten traditions, or to the writings of pagan philosophers, for directions what to do, how to worship God, or manage any part of their conversation, either as to their general calling, or as to their particular relations. The answers are in the Word of God”
We must have tools at our disposal for when they are needed and necessary in our lives and in the lives of those around us. You have some knowledge. Some of us may have much knowledge. But, we know that the mysteries of God are deep and we must continue to study God’s Word, the Bible. Where ever you find yourself today in this journey, however far you have already come, know that there are always more tools to be added to your toolbox for ministry. Continue to study, continue to learn, continue to be equipped; so that you may live righteous and holy lives and that you may be effective when ministering to others!