2 Timothy 3:16-17
Memorise 2 Timothy 3:17
“That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works”
When you play games, do you get excited when you get a “perfect” score? How about when you get 100 marks for your test paper? But, in our lives, can we be perfect? You say, “it’s impossible!”
But what does the Bible say? Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:17 that the Word of God was inspired and given to us, “that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” The word for perfect has the idea of being complete. It does not mean that we will be entirely sinless, but that we will become the godly man that God wants us to be, that every aspect of our lives are in order, that we are well rounded Christians who do not have areas in our lives that are lacking or persisting in sin. We will be full of good works, pleasing God and bringing glory to Him.
You ask, “how can it be”? Jesus said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27). The problem is that we are “too easy” on ourselves! God wants us to aim high! Somebody said, “if you don’t aim at anything, you’re sure to hit the target!”
So, what’s your aim? Where is your aim?
Does the Word change your life? If you aim low, you’ll change little. If you aim high, you’ll see a big change in your life! Aim as high as the apostle Paul. In Philippians 3 he wrote, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus”. Has he “arrived”? No, he also wrote, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended”. Yes, press toward the right finishing line, and you’ll see your life changed!
There is a goal that God has for all of our lives. That we will strive towards His high holy standard of perfection, of completeness. Yes we will always have to struggle with sin, as long as we are in this mortal body. However we have the Word of God with us to guide us, and enable us to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. In order for that to happen, we must submit to God’s Word, and allow it to change our lives.
Thought: Does the thought of perfection worry you? Remember: “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)
Prayer: Lord, I thank Thee for making me a “new creature” with a new heart to love Thee, new ears to hear Thee, and new hands and feet to do Thy will.