Marks of a Disciple of Christ: Rooted in the Word

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for [a]instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
There is a quote that says; “The Bible is bread for daily use and not cake for special occasions. A true disciple of Jesus Christ is one who loves to study the word. The word is part of their everyday life and not something the read on Sunday morning because the pastor said so. Jesus said that if you love him, then you would obey his commands. How do you know his commands unless you study the bible?
You cannot claim to be a disciple of Jesus Christ yet you treat his word casually not giving it the importance it deserves.
It is through this word that our minds are renewed and we begin to think like Christ. Remember as a man thinketh in his heart so is he. Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God so when we take the time to study the Bible, our faith is activated and strengthened day by day. Through this word we are pruned, corrected and aligned to the will and purposes of God enabling us to bear much fruit!
Without the word then a believer cannot walk in victory. The psalmist says; thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path, meaning that when we as disciples of Jesus walk in the word then we are always walking in the light knowing which direction to go.
Jesus said that man cannot live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
The parable of the sower also reveals to us the importance of the word because from this parable we learn that the enemy will do all that he can to ensure that the word of God does not take root in your heart because when it does, change is guaranteed. So, the enemy will steal the word and where he cannot steal it from your heart then he will ensure that it does not take root and thus it does not bear fruit.
Jesus said that if we love him then we show it by obeying his commands. How do we do that if we don’t know his commands? How do we know his commands unless we read the word?
How I pray that we will be rooted in the word and like Jesus, everything we say will have a foundation in the word of God.
How important is the word of God in your life?
How often do you read it? Do you have a reading plan and daily appointment or do you read it haphazardly? Have you read through the entire bible? If not yet, when do you plan to do so?