All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Incorporating scripture into our lives and conversations is something we should do, but I believe over time, when we use/hear a scripture to often, the words can become dull to us. Sometimes, we have to pick it up and dust off the cobwebs. So, I will often study scripture by picking apart one or two scriptures that I hear or use often. This week I did just that with 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
First, I began by pulling out the key words and defining them.
Teach – to impart knowledge or make known
Rebuke – to take someone to task, show sharp disapproval because of someone’s actions or behaviors
Correct – to alter or adjust so it can be set right
Train – practice and instruction over a period of time
Complete – having all necessary parts, elements or steps
Equipped – to make ready for service or action
Second, I rewrite the scripture using the definitions in place of the words.
All scripture was given to us by God to impart us with knowledge, reprimand us for inappropriate behaviors, alter our course for success and instruct us over time (I LOVE THIS part! Notice we aren’t supposed to get it all right once we become Christians. We continue to receive instruction and practice over time) so that as children of God we can have all the necessary parts needed and be ready for action when God calls us to accomplish His plan and good works.
These first two steps slow us down and help us look at scripture in a deliberate way.
Third, I reread the scripture(s) and let it come to life in a new way. Allowing it to reawaken with meaning and hopefully pierce my heart in a new and profound way. Meditating on it, sending up prayers of gratitude for it and now (most recently) capturing an image from my daily life that ties it together visually for me.
What scripture do you cling to, have on your wall, bumper sticker, t-shirt or dish towel that you need to grab and dust off?