One of the last things the apostle Paul passed along to his apprentice and team member, Timothy, was this statement: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one...who correctly handles the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15 NIV, emphasis added).

As I consider my relationship with God, interacting with His Word, I periodically do an assessment of my “appetites.”

One strong motivation to be people impacted by the Word of God is this: God’s Word is one of His most powerful means for changing our lives!

With our access to more information, more media, and more people, comes an increase in temptation. People who try to live life without the consistent instruction of the Scriptures are living in harm’s way without the protection provided by God.

There is no shortage of opinions and sources for information in our world today, am I right?  How can we decide between so many voices?

Better than any money-back guarantee is the promise that a life aligned with the Word of God will lead to success, in the truest sense of the word. The Scriptures provide authoritative testimony to the kind of life we can enjoy. That said, why do we often choose to look elsewhere to find abundant life?

Where do you look for authoritative opinions to help form your own convictions on life and truth? Some people look to the authority of media personalities or the latest self-help guru.

We live in a time that has lost connection with the primary source of power and guidance in life—the Scriptures. Today, emotions, public opinion, and cable news arguments seem to guide many of our lives instead.

Like the Psalmist in Psalm 145, we can do nothing but “speak,” “tell,” “celebrate,” and “sing” the mighty acts of God. Our lives become a symphony of commendation that exults God. There is no more powerful expression of worship than this kind of God-designed community.

In his time, the apostle Paul laid spiritual foundations in the lives of many people, including those in Colossae. Not only was the Gospel spreading in their believing community and region, it was spreading its roots around the world. God’s community was advancing the Gospel.