2 Timothy 2:15 (AMP), “Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.”
Do you love the Word of God? Do you study it with passion and consistency? For the disciple of Christ, the Word of God is the winning playbook for the game of life. The Bible is the battle plan to win every spiritual battle in life. Think of the B.I.B.L.E as your, “Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.” If you want to make it to heaven, you must follow what it teaches. A.W. Tozer said, “The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.”
All the great leaders of the past have loved the Word of God. As a matter of fact, David wrote the longest chapter in the Bible on the Word of God, Psalm 119. David wrote in Psalm 119:11, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” In Psalm 119:16 he joyfully declared, “I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.” And in Psalm 119:105 he said, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”
In today’s verse, Paul commanded his beloved spiritual son Timothy to study the Word of Truth with his best efforts so he could be an approved worker for God without shame and properly handle the Bible in all situations.
Do you want to be like Timothy and be a good worker for Jesus? Do you want to know how to correctly handle the Word of Truth and understand God’s will upon the earth? Do you want to avoid shame and embarrassment in regards to your knowledge of the Bible? If you answered “yes” to all the questions, the plan moving forward is simple, “Study the Word of God!”
Here are five ways you can study the Bible; (1) Read it everyday, (2) Memorize portions of it, (3) Pray for the Holy Spirit to give you understanding and application, (4) Accompany your Bible reading with good commentaries and dictionaries and (5) Take Bible classes online or in person from solid leaders.
- Repent if you have not been committed to studying God’s Word.
- Make plans to read the Bible everyday.
- Look into buying good study materials like study Bibles, commentaries, Bible encyclopedias and Bible dictionaries.