Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. - 2 Tim 2:15
I recently bought a new study bible - the Thompson Chain Reference kind - and honestly I have to say that I'm going to need to do some studying to figure out how to "work" the tools in it so that it will be useful to me. And of course, like a good little modern Christian, I had to buy a new leather bible cover to protect it. :) This bible cover included a highlighter pen with the verse above printed on it. I suppose so that if the pen ever got separated from my bible cover I would know where it belonged! All humor aside, I do have to say that I have finally succombed to the "pressure" and am now writing a blog post on this verse.
Paul is telling pastor Timothy that he needs to get to know God's Word by diligent study so that he will be approved unto God. This passage applies to us as well. We are in a day and age where real truth is hard to come by because more and more the philosophy of relative moralism is seeping into every aspect of our lives. If we as Christians, who have the truth, don't know how to explain and share it with others, who will? As Christians, we only have one weapon in our arsenal against spiritual warfare of all types, and that is the sword of God's Word. God's Word, when understood can not only protect us in the battle but can encourage, convict and instruct us to be the people God is desiring us to be.
Most importantly, we must not fail to see in this passage that by studying God's Word, we will please God. Our motivation to study should not be to impress others by our bible knowledge or to check off on a task list that we completed so many word studies in a year. Our motivation to study should not even be so that we can be comforted or be a comfort to others by passing on a particular scripture passage. We should be studying God's word so that we can please Him because by reading His Word - His Mind - we will get to know Him better. That's what God really wants.
This is what the Lord says: "Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts, boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight," declares the Lord. (Jer 9:23-24 NIV)
If we can study God's Word, rightly dividing it so that we get the correct meaning of what He is saying to us, we will get to know God, we will please God and all of the other benefits of God's Word to us will come. Doesn't that want to make you study? I know I'm ready to look for more treasures.
For the Faithful "Workman":
1) How well do you know your most important weapon?
2) What can you do today to get to know it/God better?
3) If you are having trouble getting started in a bible reading plan, what is really holding you back?