A study of Scriptures should be life-changing endeavor. While a study of Scripture to gain knowledge alone has its benefit, the intent of Scripture is to lead a person to experience Christ and to reflect His character in the daily life.
Too many use their knowledge of Scripture to proclaim their righteousness, and to condemn those who do not conform to their own definition of purity and perfection. It is revealing that while Jesus had a vast knowledge of Scripture, and Himself was perfect, He did not tout Himself to make others appear lacking or inferior.
The true student of the Word will first allow the teachings of Scripture to work on their own hearts, leading them to a dependency upon Jesus, and a humility of character that will shine like a light in the darkness. Ellen White tells us that “To learn of Christ means to receive His grace, which is His character.” COL 271. If we will daily spend time in the Word of God, our Savior will mold our characters, as a potter molds the clay. It is the one who considers himself already righteous that resists the refining that Christ seeks to provide.
“The less we see to esteem in ourselves, the more we shall see to esteem in the infinite purity and loveliness of our Savior… The more our sense of need drives us to Him and to the word of God, the more exalted views we shall have of His character, and the more fully we shall reflect His image.” SC 65.
May we open God’s Word with humble hearts today, seeking His presence to lead, guide, refine, and use us for His glory.
Mike Edge, President