by Chaplain Adele M. Gill
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
To many unbelievers, the Bible is nothing more than an irrelevant and outdated book with vague words written long, long ago that seemingly have no application for our modern daily lives. It is a book that is sometimes passed down from generation to generation, but too often, one that collects dust, as it is put aside, and left on a shelf. But consider this when striving to live the good life…
The Bright Candle
To believers, Scripture is at the center of living a godly life. It is a bright candle, a beacon of light for the weary, the lost, the last and the lowly. Sustenance for poor and hurting souls in need of discernment, protection, comfort and guidance, the Bible stands ready to address many of the contemporary issues we experience. It is a light to your feet and your ticket to redemption, as you come to believe more and more in Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our guide and advocate who was given to us by Jesus himself at Pentecost.
Nothing New Under the Sun
The Holy Bible is chock-full of practical knowledge you can apply to your daily life through word and deed. Relationships, work, times of adversity—it’s all in there. It has been said there is nothing new under the sun. Those words take on special meaning when talking about all we can experience and learn through Scripture. For believers, followers of Jesus, there is great insight and clarity in the Word, which leads us ever closer into relationship with Him.
Once you start reading the Holy Bible, you begin to embrace the scriptural meanings, and you are more able to apply the truths you learn to your own life. You are enabled to effectively teach others about Jesus’ life, and The Way to righteousness, as opposed to self-righteousness. You can strive to live a good life, and use it to help others to follow Jesus. With a renewed bold spirit, you are able to speak truth in Love, helping others to follow him with greater focus and fervor. In essence, you are to equip yourself for the Christian life by reading the Bible, especially the New Testament, then in turn, share the Gospel of Jesus with others.
Take a Closer Look
In as much as Jesus is the Light of the World, we are all commissioned to love God and one another, and to that end, bring His light into the darkness that surrounds us. We are called to tend the flock in our midst. If you look closely at Jesus’ life and His Gospel teachings found in Scripture, you can easily grow in zeal over time, and openly share Him wherever we go–In that way, you become a bright, shining light in your corner of the world.
“Then Jesus asked them, “Would anyone light a lamp and then put it under a basket or under a bed? Of course not! A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light will shine.”
© Copyright 2018 | Adele M. Gill
Chaplain Adele M. Gill, RN, BSN, ABDA is author of 3 books including, “From Broken to Blest: Embracing the Healing that Awaits You,’ written with Dr. Verna Benner Carson. From Broken to Blest is now available on Amazon and Barnes at Noble in print, Nook & Kindle versions. To order your copy, please click here: https://amzn.to/2pNt9Sk