by Rev Joel Yong
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Every Scripture passage is inspired by God. All of them are useful for teaching, pointing out errors, correcting people, and training them for a life that has God’s approval. They equip God’s servants so that they are completely prepared to do good things.
The Scriptures are tools God gives us.
These tools serve multiple purposes.
If a handyman carries a toolbox around- Christians carry the Word with them.
Both need their tools to carry out their task.
Ever heard of a handyman who had no hammer? No.
Ever heard of a Christian who didn’t know the Word? Strangely yes.
Perhaps it’s because we don’t get it.
Some believe the faith is like an insurance policy you purchase – it covers you and you know the benefits and after you have signed up for it – you needn’t give it any thought. That is, until it’s time to make payment again.
No. The faith is a relationship we build with Christ our Lord and Master. It’s all about knowing God and obeying God.
Like any relationship, it requires regular input and nurture to be healthy.
A handyman is versatile in using a drill, a hammer, a screwdriver, the pliers and even the saw. He knows which nut or screw to use for the job he is carrying out.
Likewise- if you are believer – are you equally versatile and comfortable with the Scriptures such that you know how to apply its truth in each situation you find yourself in, in life?
If not- it’s time to familiarize yourself with God’s Word.
Don’t just rely on a famed speaker or your pastor or cell group leader. You ARE the handyman. You must know the tools the Master has given unto you.
Start reading today and when you don’t understand it- download or refer to a free online commentary such as Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible or the Jamieson Fausset Brown commentary. Both are available online for free and will help you in explaining what each verse means!
We all have to begin somewhere.
Don’t waste the tools God gave you. Use them.