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Live To Be Trained

It is easy to think that once you have an education, or you have mastered a craft, that you no longer have to train.  That is just not the case. My electrician told me the other day that he has to go to school every year to be certified, which is not uncommon for most professions today. Most licensing agencies have a requirement for licensure so that their profession maintains a standard of excellence that is not based on knowledge from yesterday, but based upon today’s latest discoveries.

This is true for your spiritual life, too. You cannot rely on your past experiences or knowledge to maintain a vibrant impactful life for Christ. People today need to be able to establish foundations for life from the scriptures, and training is a key to this process. 

2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, useful for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work.…

Truth never changes it remains constant, but the way it gets communicated will change due to the cultural norms of the day. For example, our culture rarely uses hymns today to illustrate God’s faithfulness, but videos and contemporary music have an ever-growing impact upon our world. I have talked to many people who are not finding a great deal of value in just sitting and reading the Bible, and I have to question them and ask why? Too often they say they are too busy to read, and then they say, “well I don’t get much out of it, so why read it?”  They will add that they get what they need from the sermon on Sunday. A sermon, like a blog, can be helpful, but it’s not a substitute for reading God’s Word. If you allow others to do your spiritual thinking for you, you are only getting secondhand information, and that information has a high probability to never be remembered. On the other hand, some people study the Bible only to get information they need to lead a Bible study or preach a sermon. Again, this is a secondary way to read the Bible. As Paul writes in 2 Timothy 3:16, we are to read the Bible for personal instruction, personal conviction, personal correction, and for training to be more like Christ in righteous and truth. Paul goes on to say that the reason for this is so we are made complete and fully equipped to do good works in representing God.  What Paul is saying is that we are to read the Bible for training, to be certified in continuing education. When reading the Bible for training, you have to ask yourself several questions:

1.     What did I learn about God?

2.     What did I learn about myself?

3.     What did I learn about how to live? 

People will tell you all the time to read God’s Word, but reading it and allowing it to train you are two different things. I have found that God’s Word has not trained many Christians. They may know what the Word says, but they have not let that Word train them. Knowing something and being transformed by it are two separate things. If we are to have our minds and hearts transformed by Christ that means there is an exchange between what I was to what I am becoming because of Him. If His Word is not training you every day, you may be spiritually stagnant by maintaining yesterday’s revelation. There is nothing wrong with knowing what God did for you back then, but if that is all you have and He hasn’t been training you since, you have a problem. 

This blog today is about encouraging you to read the Bible as a training manual. To get better at anything you have to stay at it; be consistent and persistent in learning God’s ways. I have been a Christian for 47 years and I am just beginning. My electrician asked me the other day where do I get the material I write about, and I told him, my training in God’s Word. The greatest athletes in the world, the best of the best, still train everyday. Why? They want to be even better. 

How about you? Do you have a desire to know God better, to know yourself better, and to know how to better live out your life? 

Then read the Bible as a training manual and see how much more you will retain and practice. 

Keeping it honest and truthful…K

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