During Chris’s sermon on Sunday (‘Costly Commitments‘), one part that particularly resonated with me was his point that Faith Bible Church has “a commitment to the authority of the Word.” He explained that this means that God intends to use His Word for “teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” (2 Tim 3:16).
Out of that list, teaching is perhaps the easiest to swallow, but… Reproof? Correction? Training? Those words don’t tend to conjure up a cuddly image. In fact, what comes to mind is some sort of military operation rather than a call to comfort and ease.
I am not in the military, and I doubt that any recruiter is looking for a petite 5’2″ girl with no upper body strength. The Marines, for one, have a saying: “The Few, the Proud, the Marines.” The Marines weed out those who aren’t committed to the call.
Am I committed to the call of God in His Word? When I look at the list from 2 Timothy that explains God’s intention for His Word in our lives, I have to admit that I often like to focus on the “teaching” and duck around the “reproof, correction and training.”
For me, this week will kick off a one-on-one time with a woman who I believe God has granted wisdom in teaching, reproof, correction and training in righteousness. My hope is that as God works through our meetings—as well as other studies and interactions—His Word will saturate my life in a way that affects every thought, decision and action. I guess you could consider me an enlisted woman.