The Bible, God’s inspired Word, is the only conclusive source of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of ultimate realities. It is a fountainhead of truth and a gold mine of practical principles, waiting to liberate and enrich the person who will pursue its truth and wealth.

Thus, Paul’s instruction to “be diligent…a worker” has been seen as a directive to study the Word of God. The only way to healthy, balanced living is through “rightly dividing” God’s Word. Such application of God’s Word is the result of diligent study.

As we continue to pour God’s Word into our hearts, let it “dwell in [us] richly” (Col. 3:16) today.

When we feel estranged from God or spiritually weak, we can find spiritual nourishment from God’s Word. “As new born babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby” (1Peter2:2). Ask God to give you a renewed desire for relationship with Him and begin feeding your heart, soul and mind with his Word.

Feeding on God’s Word keeps us strong and healthy in the Lord.

“From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” — Eph4:16

Redwood trees do not grow like pines or oaks with individual root systems. Rather, their root systems, while relatively shallow, are completely interconnected. The trees themselves are all outgrowths of a parent tree, and they grow around the parent in a complete circle. This has placed a key role in their survival in being able to hold one another up with the merged roots. No known wind can topple them. Virtually no disease can kill them. They thrive in fires. They are knit together inextricably and bound together in the longest living family on record.

That is Paul’s definition for the church.  We may look separate and individual but in our roots we are one – each an outgrowth of Christ our Head.

Father, thank you that we as the church are a living and dynamic extension of you and your work. Strengthen your church today.