Friday, March 1st, '19
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scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for...improvement..." (2 Timothy 3:16
What the old version translates as "correction"
Kenneth Wuest translates as "improvement". The intent of correction is
improvement. God doesn't discipline to discourage or defeat. Inspection is done
to make the product more sound or efficient. Every individual should be seeking
after improvement. If you don't some innovator with his new line will proselyte
your business and leave you standing with only memories. Each annual model in
the auto industry has to be an improvement on the former. Now we know that some
of the new are lemons and engineering mistakes but the charts show that it is
wiser to take a risk on creating a disaster than to remain content with the
status quo. Churches normally are predictable; this Sunday will be a repeat of
last Sunday and the Sunday before. We get in ruts. You probably will sit in the
same section of the pews and talk to the same two or three people just like you
always do. What about improvement? What about widening the circle?
The law of averages says that average isn't
good enough. We don't stay in third grade, we move on to fourth and fifth
respectively. That's improvement. You may shoot around a hundred in golf
because the rest of the gang is satisfied with double-bogeys. You may be
content with your child posting Cs on the report card because Cs are better
than bad and worse than great. The oft used line is, "there's room for
improvement". Usually a lot more room than we care to admit. It is a matter of
what you are willing to live with. Are you content to read one book a year
because that is the national average or do you desire to improve yourself?
According to our text the Bible was inspired,
that is "God-breathed", theopneustos in Greek, for "doctrine, for
reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God
may be perfect..." (KJV) Notice, Paul didn't say the Bible was given so we could
be average but so we could be "perfect". He calls for As on the report card,
pars where there were double-bogeys. He demands excellence in ministry,
performance in business, improvement in skills and increase in profitability.
The Bible is the manual to success and the greatest self-help or
self-improvement book Barnes and Noble has to offer.
The means to improvement are obvious. You have
to read and stay current on trends and methods. And they say that practice
makes perfect. You get good at piano by playing piano, good at tennis by
swatting green balls. Improvement requires examination. You may have to allow
your spouse or a friend to grade you. A person has to be rated to be celebrated.
Things that are not examined fall into disrepair just as the law of entropy
states, but things that are examined are bettered. Few things are improved
until they are reproved. It takes guts to admit that my plan or my way of doing
things is not the best way or that it is completely wrong. But swallowing pride
or eating crow or humble pie is probably the most nutritional meal you'll ever
eat. Once you face up to what all your contemporaries in the business world
already know, you will be able to move forward into the better days that are
ahead. Paul's philosophy was "forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching
forth unto those things which are before..." He wouldn't allow his faith and
vision to stagnate. Paul was always examining every area of his life quick to
make improvements wherever needed. That is what I too desire today and the best
way to accomplish it is to hold a Bible in one hand and a mirror in the other.