In the last few days, I’ve been preparing a memorial service for a man in my church named Tom. Among other things, Tom was a devoted student of scripture, who applied himself to understanding God’s Word, living by its precepts, and teaching it to others. As a result, he had a deep and abiding impact on his family, and on the classes and churches that he served.
In the last few days, I have also been participating in this training event for Logos Bible software (www.logos.com). Among other things, I’ve been reminded how blessed we are to be the beneficiaries of women and men down through the ages who have copied and preserved and translated and researched and innovated so that we could have access to the scriptures – AND – so that we would have the opportunity to study them and be enriched by them and be changed by them so that we can more perfectly reflect the Light of Christ.
In today’s readings from the Daily Office, the Apostle offers this admonition to his protege:
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
Now, not all of us may ever be preachers or teachers or Bible scholars. But all of us have the opportunity (and the responsibility) to “handle the word of truth” in such a way that it’s transforming impact can work through us to bring blessing to others.
Who are the people who have shared the riches of God’s Word with you? And what could you do today to “correctly handle the word of truth” so that you can share its bounty with others?
May God give us grace to be doers of His Word- and not hearers only.