Pastor Dave’s Lenten Blog – 2/15/2018
In chapel yesterday for Ash Wednesday I read this Bible passage.
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. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
This passage describes four ways that scripture works in each of us. The most common way is used in teaching. That happens in sermons and in Bible studies and in general reading of scripture. We learn about who God is and who we are.
A second way scripture is described here is sometimes we are rebuked for our sin. At times this brought about lamenting in sackcloth and ashes like King David after his sin with Bathsheba. This happens when we realize we are way off of God’s will and our actions are reprehensible.
The third use of scripture is when correction happens. This is a milder term than rebuking but it reminds us to examine our actions and work to get them in line with God and His will. Every day we can say with Paul, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) We need this type of correction every single day.
The fourth way that scripture is described here is to train us for righteousness. On Tuesday pitchers and catchers reported to spring training for the Rays. They have almost the exact same time in Spring Training as days in Lent to get ready for the regular season. The regular season for the Rays begins on Maundy Thursday of Holy Week. Lent is meant to be a season and time to improve for life. Think of how you can use this season of Lent to bring about righteousness in your life?
In Christ’s service,