Discipleship | Lesson 1 | Devotion 1
2 Timothy 3:16-17 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
In the last lesson, we spent some time on that first phrase of 2 Timothy 3:16 discovering that the Word of God was inspired by God. One of the greatest discoveries of understanding the Word of God is inspired by God is found in the rest of verse sixteen and seventeen.
According to this verse, the divine inspiration of God makes the Bible a book that is profitable for us to learn doctrine, for us to be reproved, for us to be corrected, and for us to learn righteousness. Sometimes the Word of God shows us something that is enjoyable. Consider these promises that will encourage you:
You have eternal life that can never be taken away.
John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
God will never leave you.
Hebrews 13:5-6 For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
God’s grace is sufficient for your needs.
2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
God will reward your faithfulness.
Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing:for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
These are just a few of the encouraging promises found in Scripture, but sometimes the Bible has to reprove or correct something in our lives. We will be tempted to ignore the teachings that we do not enjoy.
When we are tempted to reject the teachings of reproof or correction, remind yourself of why God is doing this according to verse seventeen. His desire is that you would become a man or woman of God that is becoming more like Him. In other words, you are becoming a better disciple.
In today’s culture, you do not have to look hard to find someone who will agree with you or tell you what you want to hear. Many times, these are the people that we run to because we don’t like to hear that we might be wrong. If we are honest, always listening to this type of advice has probably gotten us into some trouble before. God knows what is best for our lives, and part of becoming a better person and a better disciple is understanding that sometimes you have to hear what you are doing wrong.
As you begin to discover some matters of reproof and correction in God’s Word, refer back to your fist commitment at the close of this lesson and understand that this is God’s way of revealing Himself to you. It is now your choice whether to ignore or obey.