In the gospels, we discover qualities that Christ declares as marks of a disciple. These marks are the life-result of a God-directed grace-filled life. These marks are not the outcome of mere self-will, but of a believer who has experienced the effect of Christ’s finished work on the cross, thus bringing salvation while partnering with God in his or her personal faith journey. One such mark of a disciple is that she is committed to learning the truth of God’s Word.
Jesus proclaimed to a group of His followers: “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples” (John 8:31). Simply stated Jesus said a disciple would accept and act in accordance with His Word. The follower of Christ walks according to scriptural principles, ones that he or she may or may not have possessed before they knew God. A disciple meditates on God’s word seeking to know God more and more and is committed to studying and applying His Word to their life.
Paul wrote to Timothy regarding Scripture: “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 Tim 3:16-17). When Paul writes that the Bible is “breathed out by God” he is explaining that the Bible is inspired by God as His very word. In the Bible, God communicates absolute truth. This truth includes things about Himself, people, and life. The Bible is useful in getting to know God better and helping us and others live the abundant life in Christ. When we study the Bible, we ought to let the Bible study us or as we seek to master God’s Word the goal is for God’s Word to master us.
The Bible was written to encourage us and offer hope (see: Rom 15:4). The Bible was not written by human will, but through the inspiration of God (see: 2 Peter 1:20-21). The simple truth is that if I don’t invest in my walk with God, I will get caught it the trap of duplication rather than incarnation. God is not calling any of us to merely act like Jesus, but to become like Him. This occurs, in part, when we experience God through His Word. No matter what discipline a pianist performs (jazz, blues, classical) they practice scales. Scales for the believer is time alone each day in God’s Word.
The ancient songwriter proclaims in Psalm 1:1-3 that a man or woman is blessed when he or she meditates on God’s Word. To meditate on Scripture is to consider the great things contained in it and its application to our life. The Bible contains sixty-six books. In these books are the life stories of four to five hundred leaders. It could be argued that some of the best mentors are these dead mentors because their lives are written down, and they always have time for every one of us. We have an excellent opportunity to explore life with these mentors. They have time for us, and God wants to use them to invest in us.
We must understand that God’s Word is the rule of our actions and a source of comfort for our lives. When we seek to study and apply the Bible, we ought to look for the S.P.E.C. (sin to avoid, promise to claim, example to follow, and command to obey) of truth found in the passage. Through the Spirit’s power and leading a believer values God’s Word and desires to walk in obedience.
Not only is God’s Word helpful to me, but also the best gift I can give to others is a consistent investment in my walk with God through leaning into His Word. The simple truth is when I engage Scripture I am blessed, but others benefit as well. A diet of Scripture is essential to living out God’s purpose and to do so in His power. Therefore, Jesus declares His follower, His disciple, will learn the truth of God’s Word.
It is a blessing to grow in Christ with each of you. Let’s encourage one another to invest time in God’s Word. As we do may we grow in knowing God and our ability to make Him known. Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone)!