2 Timothy 3:16-17 (CEB)

16 Every scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for showing mistakes, for correcting, and for training character, 17 so that the person who belongs to God can be equipped to do everything that is good.


What makes the Bible special? Why does it matter?

This passage begins to describe God’s intention in giving us this gift. Too often, we approach the scriptures as letters on a page: lifeless & boring, old stories from long ago.

But that was never the intention at all. The intention in God’s giving us these stories, these words, wasn’t to bore us. It wasn’t to constrain us. It wasn’t to condemn us. It’s to set us free to serve God in the ways Christ intended for us. It’s to give us the tools we need – to equip us – to help others. These aren’t lifeless letters. They are our story.

It’s a mirror in which we see ourselves and a canvas upon which the Spirit paints a vision for the world. Those who belong to God find in the Bible the tools we need to live into our calling as followers of Jesus.

By Joe Monahan

For Pondering & Prayer

Have you ever had an experience where a scripture spoke directly to your heart – directly to the situation you find yourself in? When was the last time you made a serious commitment to daily reading and study of the Bible?

Prayer: Holy God, grant us today eyes to see and ears to properly hear the words of scripture and to apply them as tools for serving others. Amen.