Spring Volunteer Mailout 2015
2 Timothy 3:16-17
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
There is a lot we can learn from these verses; but I want you to focus on the last two words, “good” and “work”. Now, ask yourself, what are you preparing yourself for? Are you allowing yourself to be taught, reproved, corrected and trained by the Scriptures to be equipped for “good works”? If not, what is the point in your Bible readings? What is it for? Because we see here that the Bible has a purpose for us, and if we’re not being shaped by the Bible for it – something’s wrong.
But, let me also encourage you…
I used to be asked quite often while I was studying at Bible College if I wanted to be a pastor when I finished. I usually would just reply that I wanted to learn about God, about His Word and about what I believe and why I believe it. To be honest though, I found it rather hard to answer the question, not because I wouldn’t want to be a pastor; but because I didn’t know where the Lord was calling me.
But these verses helped me, they took the pressure off me. “Good works” is all I had to aim for. I don’t have to serve God necessarily by being an elder, pastor, preacher or anything like that. All I have to do, and all you have to do, to serve God is be able and willing to do good works. This truth helps take the pressure off us, because we don’t have to “be anything” all we have to do is focus on working for God and doing “good works” in whatever capacity He directs us. We don’t have to be anything “special”, all we need to be is willing to be: taught, reproved, corrected and trained by the Scriptures to be equipped for good works. We may have no idea as to what position or what role these good works will come through, we just have to be willing to be trained to do them.