Marks of a disciple of Jesus: Rooted in the Word
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)
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.
You cannot separate a true disciple of Jesus Christ with the bible. They always walk together. The bible is Gods word to us in fact, it is so important that God says that heaven and earth will pass away but his word will never pass away.
You cannot claim to be a disciple of Jesus Christ yet you have no connection and love for his word. It is through this word that our minds are renewed and our faith is activated and strengthened day by day. Through this word we are corrected and aligned to the will and purposes of God. It is through this same word that we gain understanding of who God is and the promises he has declared over our life.
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.