always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
– 2 Timothy 3:7
We have been doing these daily devotions to Jesus Christ for the better part of a year. If at this point someone could rightly say of us that we are always learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth, what an awful indictment that would be! It would mean that we are spending our time doing these devotions in vain.
Remember that Jesus said:
…”If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
– John 8:31-32
When Jesus was asked what He meant by “free” He said:
…”…everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.”
– John 8:34
Jesus’ point was that if we abide in His word, then we ought to be getting free from sin in our lives. If you and I have been doing this daily reading for almost nine months, we ought to recognize some spiritual growth in that period of time. If we’re still hobbled by the same old sins, it’s a shame for us in the sight of God.
There are churches full of people today who will say, “We’re not perfect; just forgiven.” What good is that? Did Jesus die on the cross so that we could talk about it without ever reforming the behavior that caused Him to be crucified in the first place?
If we are at the same moral level after reading the Bible daily for nine months, then we’re not doing it right. Reading the Bible is not a mere intellectual exercise. It’s a case of coming to understand moral instruction and then going forth and living according to that moral instruction. Stumbling is alright. Even falling flat on your face is alright. But not improving at all is completely unacceptable!
I trust that this little lecture has been unnecessary in your case, and that you have to some measurable degree progressed in becoming more like your Teacher, Jesus Christ. If not, renew your commitment to Him. Go to Him in desperation and He will not forsake you. For He Himself said:
…the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.”
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, my devotional habit has a practical purpose – that I become more like You…so You can teach me more…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)