Picture yourself at a crossroad, a decision must be made, but you are not sure what to do. Where do you go for advice? Spouse? Parents? Friends? Google?
How about the Bible?
How often do you go to God’s Word when deciding what college to attend, where to live, who to marry, how many kids you have, etc. My guess is seldom. Usually when I encourage people to go to the Bible, I get the quick response “The Bible won’t tell me whether to change jobs or not.”
Actually, it will.
The Bible is God’s revelation to us to live according to God’s will. The Bible “ is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105). The Bible shows us where to walk. The Bible is there so “that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:17). Every good work, not just some. In the verse at the top of this blog, it says the way we live blamelessly is to walk according to God’s law. They key to a sinless life is found in the Bible.
Of course when we read the Bible, we quickly find out that we cannot live without sinning, apart from God’s Grace, because we are spiritually dead. And this is the point of God’s law, “Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin.” (Romans 7:7).
But don’t worry, the Bible still has you covered; for when we read the Bible we become “acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3:15). Once we believe in Christ, the Holy Spirit comes and gives us the capacity to start walking according to God’s will. Why? Because we are alive for the first time.
And once again, when we are born again, where do we go to know how to live? The Bible. The Bible is God’s standard for how His creation functions.
So if the Bible is sufficient, how does it work? Let’s take one of our questions above and show how the Bible is sufficient. Let’s assume the question you have is, “Should I switch jobs?”
If we open up our Bible, we see the Bible says a lot about work. In Genesis 1 we see God’s pattern of working (6 days on and one day off). In Genesis 2, before sin entered the World, we see God commanding Adam to work and Eve created as his helper. He declares this work and this help to be very good. In Genesis 3, due to the fall of mankind, we see that work will be hard for Adam. In Genesis 4 we see God’s desire of the first fruits of man’s work to be given back to God in gratitude. In Genesis 11, we see God’s displeasure with man centered work, versus God centered, etc.. As we work through the text we have the light of God’s word shine down upon our question.
Of course this is just the tip of the iceberg. As we continue to work through the Bible we see there are text about: working for the Lord (Colossians 3:23), working so as to be able to give to those in need (Ephesians 4:28), working so as to provide for you family (1 Timothy 5:8), working quietly (2 Thessalonians 3:12), working in difficulty (1 Corinthians 7:21-24), the role of women working (Proverbs 31 and Titus 2), etc. Once again, as we work through the text we continue to have more and more light of God’s word shine upon our question.
Once we exhaust all the text on working, we can start to go through the non-negotiables: do all for God's glory (1 Corinthians 10:31), go and make disciples (Matthew 28:19), don’t neglect to be with your Church family (Hebrews 10:25), be a Godly husband/wife (Ephesians 5) and be a Godly dad/mom (Ephesians 6:1-4), don’t make your brother stumble (Romans 14:21), realize that your life is not your own, it is Jesus’ (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), do not be mastered by anything (1 Corinthians 6:12), this world is not your home (1 Peter 2:11). Once again, as we work through the text we continue to have more and more light of God’s word shine upon our question.
If after prayerfully reading God’s Word, you still do not have an answer (which I believe will be an extremely small number if we are honest with ourselves), the Bible still has you covered. “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
It is unfortunate that so many people will run to the world for advice, when God has provided ample wisdom in His Word. The Bible is sufficient, if you don’t believe me, try it for yourself.