The Need to Study
In 2 Timothy 2 there are two ideas that Paul gives to Timothy that I’d like to talk about…one today and the second one tomorrow. Remember, that 2 Timothy is Paul’s last letter to Timothy before Paul’s death. In this chapter he turns his attention to approved and disapproved workers or followers of Jesus. He says this in verse 15: 15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. If you are familiar with the AWANA program, you will recognize this verse as the “theme verse” for the program. The phrase “be diligent” can also be translated “Study”, which is the way I memorized the verse years ago, but either way it carries the idea of “work” or “effort”. We don’t have to put forth any effort to receive salvation from God…that’s a gift given to us through faith in Jesus Christ but that is not the end of the story. That is just the beginning. The genuine follower of Jesus is then internally motivated to study God’s word…to read it…to meditate on it…to prepare to be a worker for Jesus Christ. The main focus of this verse is to know and study the word of God.
I hope there is a hunger in your mind to actually study the Bible…to understand how it fits together. I hope there is a desire in your heart to read and re-read the words of God; to mine His words for precious truths. I hope there is a desire to use the word of God as a corrective tool in your life; to remind you of sin and to bring conviction. There is a need to study, to be diligent with the word of God. Let’s take this reminder from Paul very seriously.