The image of a soldier’s belt is used in Ephesians to illustrate the importance of truth – it keeps us ready and prepared for action. For a follower of Jesus, truth does the same thing.
In the New American Standard Bible translation it says, “Therefore, gird your minds for action, keep sober in spirit…” (1 Peter 1:13). This reminds us that we are responsible for being ready at all times to respond to situations and opportunities around us. The only way we can be sober and alert is to have clear wisdom and accurate insight from God’s Word, the Bible.
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT)
A working knowledge of what the Bible says about my life and how God wants me to live it, is essential to be faithful to Him. Being honest:
How often do I read/listen to the Bible?
How much time per day do I invest in it?
Do my answers reflect deep devotion to my God?
If not, am I willing to make the effort to begin doing better?
A great way to start is the New Hope Bible Reading Plan. You can access it by going to nhcbrp.com and choosing option #1. You will also find weekly posts to go deeper into the reading that week from our Staff.