Wednesday Word 3.20.2019

2 Timothy 3:14-17 (New International Version)
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Paul really hit the nail on the head in this passage. He tells Timothy to stay on the path that he has begun. Paul knows that Timothy believes in Christ. Timothy is convinced because he has witnessed the transformation of those who taught him about Jesus. Timothy grew up in the Jewish tradition and knew the scriptures. Paul believes that this has prepared him to recognize who Jesus really is and to serve him.
For many, many years I have seen that the more I study, the more I realize how much more there is that I need to learn and the more I want to learn. The goal is for God to prepare me for “good works.” What I wasn’t prepared for was the change in my heart. I have been transformed. In John 14:27, Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” More often than not, that is how I feel. I get aggravated. I get irritated. It doesn’t last too long because my heart is not afraid. And when my heart is troubled, it is usually on someone else’s behalf. In the midst of my everyday trials and tribulations, I know that we are loved in spite of ourselves. Not only does studying equip me to serve, it equips me to live and thrive in a world that can be messed up!
I know that Jesus is my Savior. I am convinced. I have seen him change the lives of people around me. I know he has changed my life. Because of that, I want to be ready to do the good work that God has planned for me. How about you…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki