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It’s a matter of following the instructions

There are many types of model kits- airplanes, cars, ships, figures. Some are made of plastic, others resin. You can still find balsa wood kits. Yet with all the many varieties of kits, all have at least one thing in common: a set of instructions.

And it’s no coincidence. Putting a kit together without them would be pretty tough. The instructions tell the modeler what part goes where. It will often give directions in what color to paint a part, where decals may go on the part, and even may tell some information about what the part is and how it relates to the rest of the kit. The instructions also will give the modeler a clear idea of the sequence of the build- there is almost always a certain order that should be followed for the kit to go together correctly.

And the instructions work for a simple reason- they were written by the person who created the kit. Who knows better than the creator how the kit should work?

Can you already see where I’m going with this? πŸ™‚

We’re no different. Our Creator knew that we’d need some instructions for life, some guidance so we’d not be in this journey alone.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us:

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

There are several points here that are very important:

  • The source of scripture is God. It’s not a man’s account of something. It’s not opinion, or a myth. It’s God-breathed. It’s the Creator speaking to us- His words. That’s powerful.
  • It is useful for many things, for us and others. Many people think that teaching, rebuking, etc., is pointed at other people. In truth, it runs both ways. God’s Word should teach, rebuke, correct and train the believer first. Only then can it start helping others through you.
  • Notice the last part of the reading. It assumes something happens afterwards. Does an army equip it’s soldiers without the expectation that battle will follow? Of course not! God expects us to use His word.

I urge you to make the commitment today to read God’s word every day. I can testify to the power of the word. I know I’ve had so many days that I would take time to read the Bible during my lunch break, and almost without fail, God would speak to me through the Word in a very powerful way, a way that addressed things in my life directly- often the very situations I was facing that very day.

God’s instructions will not fail you. In fact, I would submit it is impossible to “finish the kit” without His word.