August 23, 2016

Tuesday
2 Timothy 3:16-17   The Ultimate Toolbar

According to Wikipedia, “In computer interface design, a toolbar is a graphical control element on which on-screen buttons, icons, menus, or other input or output elements are placed.” There have been several times in my professional life when I have pulled up a Microsoft Word or Excel document to discover that somehow my toolbar at the top of my screen is missing or has been drastically changed. I know that has been the case every time Microsoft has updated its operating platforms over the years. (And don’t even get me started about what happens to my mind when I look at a Mac!) Without access to my familiar toolbar, I feel like I’m dead in the water – completely unproductive!

For Christians, the Holy Bible should be considered our ultimate toolbar. Paul makes the case for the effectiveness of God’s Word at work in our lives in 2 Timothy 3:16-17. First, he reaffirms that all of Scripture comes directly from God and can equip us for everything we do to advance God’s Kingdom by:

1. Teaching us what is right
2. Helping us understand what is wrong
3. Showing us how to get right with God
4. Training us to stay right with God

Biblical scholar Warren Wiersbe, wrote: “The purpose of Bible study is not just to understand doctrine or to be able to defend the faith – though important. The ultimate purpose is that it will equip you to do God’s work – to serve Him.” We should embrace and incorporate the Bible into our lives, just like we have incorporated technology into everything we do. Our dependence on God’s Word should be greater than our dependence on our computers or some ubiquitous handheld device.

To learn more about the construction of the Holy Bible, there is a very thorough article at Bible.org entitled How We Got the Bible: bible.org/series/how-we-got-bible.