The longer you’re saved, the better you should know God’s Word. Today, we’re going to examine how you’ve been growing in your knowledge and understanding of the Scriptures.
For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Heb 5:12-14)
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: (1Pe 2:2)
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2Ti 2:15)
Our first passage makes it clear that your knowledge of God’s Word should grow over time.
“When for the time,” the writer of Hebrews says. You been saved long enough that you should know enough to teach others. What about you? Does your level of Bible knowledge reflect the amount of time you’ve been saved?
You’ll only grow to know the deeper truths of God’s Word as you exercise your senses – by consistently studying the Bible. That’s how you develop discernment.
Do you desire God’s Word, or have your lost your appetite? Peter reminded his readers that they should long for God’s Word like a baby cries for mother’s milk.
Bible study takes work. It’s wonderful work, but it’s still work. I worked in an apple orchard right before I joined the Marine Corps. During the harvest, moms often brought their children into the orchard to pick apples. They didn’t have any special equipment, no training, no deadlines. They just got what they could reach from the ground and left after a pleasant visit. Most folks study the Bible that way. Thumbing through the pages looking for something sweet and quitting quickly. But a laborer stays at it, looking on every branch, under every leaf, for each ripe piece of fruit.
- How has your Bible reading and study improved over the year?
- Are you hungry for the Word of God?
- When it comes to Bible study, is it a leisure activity, or a labor of love?