In 2 Peter 1:12-21, we see Peter giving a lesson in the value of reminding ourselves of God and what it looks like to follow Him by consistently coming back to the Bible. The value Peter advocates for is why we teach the Bible on Sundays, talk about it in Connect Groups, use it in discipleships, and encourage the daily discipline of it as well. It’s why we have this blog!
Peter and the other writers of the New Testament have power and authority because their aim is to show readers the beauty of Jesus Christ and they have authority to do so because the New Testament writers either had direct affiliation with Jesus (Peter, Matthew, John, James, Paul, etc.) or were closely related to someone who did (Mark, Luke, etc.).
The beauty of the Bible is that God, through the Holy Spirit, has given us inspired and completely truthful words about Himself. In a sinful, broken world, how could we not remind ourselves daily about the beauties of God and the gospel? We have been given special revelation of the holiness and character of God, and the Holy Spirit uses the Word of God to change lives and hearts.
So the question we must ask ourselves is: what about our daily reminders of God through His Word has potential to grow and bear more fruit? If you are not consistently in the Word every day, that is a good place to start! Pick a plan, pick a time, and pick a location, and ask God to give you a heart and desire to know him more through his Word. If you have consistency, do a heart check: are you reading to check it off your list, or are you truly being changed by what you are reading? For me, using the HEAR journaling method has been a great way to slow down and really marinate in what God has revealed in his Word.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Associate