Wednesday, March 17, 2010

True Practicality

I was thinking about this statement that Scripture is very practical.

Yes, it's true, amen to that - that Scripture has application for every aspect of our lives.

Scripture is practical, yes. And of course it must be practiced in our own lives. But do we practice the Scriptures in our own lives simply for the sake of bettering our own lives - or do we practice the Scriptures in our own lives, because we want to see the kingdom of God come to life in our own hearts?

Scripture is not a mere cooking-book of 'self-improvement tips'. No, it is far better than that. It is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

So we need to read Scripture not with the attitude of "how can this make MY life better?", but "how can I live more like Jesus today?"

But I'd also venture to add that Scripture is more than just helping me live more like Jesus. In order to live more like Jesus, i must first know who Jesus really is, and what He is like. These are the Scriptures that testify about Him, and i must come to Him to have eternal life.

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