Study, Don’t Be Ashamed – 2 Timothy 2:15

2 Timothy 2:15 – Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Meditation:  Timothy was a disciple of the Apostle Paul who was ordained to serve some of the churches that Paul had helped to establish during his many travels.  Paul loved and trusted Timothy to lead those fledgling congregations in his absence, because the younger man had proven faithful and knowledgeable, but even faithful and knowledgeable people need encouragement.  Along those lines, one of the most important instructions given to Timothy is in this verse.  

Many modern translations of this verse render the first portion differently, such as “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God” (NASB) instead of “Study to shew thyself approved unto God” (KJV).  I admit a preference for the tried and true King James Version, but here I believe it truly captures the direction of the Apostle in clearer words.  In order to show oneself approved to God, diligence in study and not generic diligence is required.

Study of the Word of God has fallen out of favor with many people.  There have been times where it was common for whole families to study together, but now, we are far less so inclined.  Why?  It simple.  We have allowed ourselves to be distracted.  We are too busy with worldly concerns to focus on heavenly blessings.  We are too often focused on our salary rather than our soul.

Thankfully, the Apostle understood the need for encouragement in this area.  Like Jesus, he sympathized, and so do I.  Lets make a trend for Biblical families together.

Call to Action:  Look at your calendar, and find at least 30 minutes a day to just read and meditate on the Bible.  You can do it over coffee or a lunch break.  Instead of 30 minutes of TV, try KJV or NIV if you prefer.  Note that other Christian literature does not count for this 30 minutes.  Try this schedule for 40 days.  I am challenging myself to the same standard.  Let’s check in at the end of 40 days.  Send me comments on how you are doing.

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