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Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly  dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15 KJV

Some believers get the mistaken idea that because God’s grace and not our own willpower is what changes us, they can just sit around waiting for God to do everything. They think that since their transformation is His responsibility, they have no part to play.

But that’s the furthest thing from the truth.

We do have a very important part to play. Our part is to get on the potter’s wheel again… and again… and again.

How do we do that?

We do it primarily through spiritual disciplines such as prayer, worship, fasting, and studying and meditating on the Word. Those things in themselves don’t change us. And we certainly don’t use
them to earn God’s grace. (Grace, by its very nature, cannot be earned. It’s a gift freely given.) They do, however, help us receive that grace. They help us place ourselves before God so that He can change us.

You might say they are our transportation to transformation.

Take Bible study, for example. As wonderful as it is, just studying the Bible doesn’t transform us. Many people have studied the Bible and even taught it without their lives being changed at all. Yet, if we study the Bible by faith for the purpose of accessing God’s transforming revelation and grace, our studying becomes a means by which that grace is received, and we are most
certainly changed.

Such change doesn’t come as a reward for the time we spent reading the Word. It comes because God loves us and because Jesus has paid the price for us to receive God’s transforming power. Yet, if we don’t study the Word, God won’t be able to get that power to us. As a result, our defects and flaws will remain and stop us from experiencing God’s abundant life. We’ll miss out on our transportation to transformation, and instead of being a golden vessel of honor, we’ll get stuck looking like a scruffy clay pot.

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 4:1–14

Source: Devotions for the Praying Heart by Lynne Hammond.
Excerpt permission granted by Lynne Hammond Ministries

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