2 Timothy 2:15 — 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 (AMP).
People crave approval. It brings assurance and a sense of accomplishment to a person. Being approved means to be appreciated and supported. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with wanting the approval of others, your self-worth should not be defined by whether or not others approve of you. You can’t please everyone all the time.
Now, I don’t recommend you purposefully try to offend people either. Do not live your life to spite others. Your goal should be to please God and seek His approval, and the above verse teaches how to do so.
If you want God’s approval, you must study His word diligently and handle it appropriately. I believe this verse is often passed off as written specifically for those called to full-time, occupational ministry. The truth is you may never stand behind a pulpit, but God still expects you to study the Word (in context) and apply it to your life.
Many believers don’t even read their Bibles except on Sundays (if then). Others skim over a few passages sporadically during the week, and some read the Word like a storybook. To study actually means to apply your mind in an effort to learn. Christlikeness is learned behavior, and the Bible is the instruction manual.
Would you want a surgeon to operate on you if he’d never been to medical school? Not hardly. You certainly wouldn’t approve of that! One day Jesus will return for God’s children, not those who pose as His children. Get deep into the Word today. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal Jesus to you. Purpose to be approved by Him.
Psalm 1:2 — But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night (NASB).
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