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.
What an important command for the Christian believer. As Paul was giving Timothy instructions on how to pastor brothers and sisters in the faith we see that we are to “study” to show that we are truly following God. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary (whose definitions were based on Holy Scripture) defines “study” as to “endeavor diligently” or “set one’s mind.” To live a life in accordance with the Scriptures requires work. It requires dedication, humility, patience and submission to the Will of Our God. If we are going to preach the Gospel and promote Christianity, our lives have to reflect it. That way when we share the Gospel with our friends and loved ones we carry authenticity. Even if they knew us as a time when we were deep in sinful rebellion, all the better! Our changed lives provide even more evidence of how great and powerful our God is to change us so. The second part of Paul’s admonition is to rightly divide the word of truth. We are to be straight and plain when sharing the Gospel. Jesus did not hesitate to mention “weeping and gnashing of teeth” when telling people to believe in Him and neither should we. Shame only comes when we give an incomplete portion of the Gospel or distort it to tickle the ears of our audience. Our lives are our testimony. Live the Christian life and proclaim the name of Jesus accurately and passionately, and you can rest on the Biblical assurance that your Father in Heaven approves.