Study as the Steward of Revelation – Part 7 of Devotional Habit: Under Construction (Series)
Serious study of the Word of God is an additional piece of devotional habit. This study may not be conducted on a daily basis, but could rather fall to a weekly schedule. Extended times of examination are essential for a person dedicated to communicating the gospel in their world (tweet). This applies to all who call themselves Christian or followers of Jesus, not just preachers. As Jesus says in what is referenced as the great commission:
So go and make followers of all people in the world. Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything that I have told you… (Matt. 28:19-20 ERV)
Free For All
The Bible is freely accessible through the internet in various translations and hundreds of languages. Displacing free from the equation, the Bible is still a readily accessible book thanks to the invention of the printing press. Valuable Bible study resources are also openly available at little to no cost. Because the Bible and study materials are openly available, all believers should view themselves as stewards of such valuable resources. There is little to no excuse for a lack of serious study in the Biblical texts (tweet). (Some open and low cost options may be found in my recommended resources.)
Knowing God’s word well enough to communicate it to others is the job of a lifetime. If you are ignorant in Biblical matters, how can you explain the Bible to others? To teach someone you have to know what you’re talking about. Continual discovery is the goal of anyone looking to help and lead others. Jesus laid it out saying “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit?” (Luke 6:39 NIV)
Therefore, a process of study deserves careful consideration. Possible study resources should be evaluated and followed with a plan for acquisition. A plan for study time should be executed. We who are Christians are entrusted with a message. We have the task of making known God’s truths.
Those who are trusted with such an important work must show that they are worthy of that trust. (1 Cor. 4:2 ERV)