May 26, 2011

The Precious Book

2 Timothy 3:14-17

The Holy Scriptures … are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 3:15


If you have spent time in any of the major bookstores in North America, you will have noticed the large number of cookbooks available to browse and purchase. There are literally hundreds of choices. You can learn about healthy cooking, exotic ethnic cuisines, and dishes you can prepare in fewer than 10 minutes—all with appetizing illustrations!

Major bookstores in North America also carry Bibles. The selection isn’t as extensive as the cookbook section, but it is often plentiful. North Americans are privileged to have a choice of different translations, editions, and commentaries. In other countries and languages Christians can only dream of such variety.

I know some great chefs who have never owned a cookbook. They’ve committed their favorite recipes to memory. Or they improvise while they cook. But I don’t know of a single Christian who could remain spiritually strong without access to the Scriptures. I hope you are able to have your own Bible and are making good use of it.

The Word of God enlightens us, convicts us of our sins, corrects our living, and coaches us in righteousness. But the most important part is that the Bible makes us “wise for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.” By studying the Holy Scriptures, we find the necessary nourishment and energy for our daily walk of faith.

Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us your written Word. Help us to be faithful students so that we may be nourished and energized by it. Amen.

About the author — Sergei Sosedkin

Sergei Sosedkin is the Russian-language ministry leader for ReFrame Ministries. He is a native of Moscow, Russia. As he oversees the Russian-language ministry, Sosedkin works from our office in Grand Rapids and in various locations in Russia.

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