Sunday, November 28, 2021
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2nd Timothy 2:15) The Bible – God’s inspired Word – is the only conclusive source of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding concerning ultimate realities.
It is a fountainhead of freeing truth and a gold mine of practical principles, waiting to liberate and/or enrich the person who will pursue its truth and wealth. Thus, Paul instruction to “be…a worker” has been applied by serious Christians through the centuries as a directive so study the Word of God.
The only way to healthy, balanced living is through the “rightly dividing” literally, of God’s Word. Such correct, straight on application of God’s Word is the result of diligent study. The text calls us beyond casual approaches to the Scriptures, telling us to refuse to suit the Bible to our own convenience to ideology.
In his earlier words, Paul also told Timothy, “Give attention to reading, the Word”, but now he emphasizes studying like a “worker” and urges memorizing of the Word of God as a mighty deterrent against sin. Memorizing the Scripture also provides an immediate availability of God’s “words” as a sword, ready in witnessing and effective in spiritual warfare.
You are loved, Pastor Don