II Timothy 2:15

July 31, 2005

II Timothy 2:15 tells us, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Most of us who are saved love to learn more and more about God every day, and one way we can do this is through our Bible study. The cool thing about studying is that the more we do it, the more we learn about Him and our Christian witness becomes strengthened too.

I’m not sure when or if you are saved, but especially if you were saved at a younger age, you may remember learning and memorizing countless Bible verses that remain in our hearts even today. Some of my favorites are:

Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Psalm 119:105 – “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

John 17:17 – “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

You know all of these verses have such a special place in our hearts especially because we learned them at such young ages. We were so excited to learn all we could, and we couldn’t learn enough new Bible stories like Daniel and the Lion’s Den or Noah and the Ark.

As God’s children, we should have and show an abundance of love, trust and faith. We should worship, witness, serve, and show faith with action. But like we read earlier in II Timothy 2:15, we know the requirements of those who love Him include studying, truly delving into God’s Word to help shape us and mold us into the Christians we ought to be for Christ and Christ alone.

I really think that sometimes we find ourselves in our own little comfort zones, just sailing through the passing lane. We’re not pushing ourselves toward a constant goal of learning more about God than we did the day before. We are simply content in whatever state we find ourselves in, and consequently, our individual relationships with God as well.

There are so many countless treasures that we can find when we just do a little digging. I certainly don’t proclaim to know everything there is to know in the Bible, but I was certainly shocked the other day when I was talking with someone about the Bible. She was telling me about a story in the Old Testament that I simply had never even heard about before. I was flabbergasted because I have been a Christian for so many years, yet I thought ‘I’ve never learned about this one Bible passage?’ And if there is this wonderful treasure that I’ve just discovered, I just think how many more stories like this one are out there, ready to teach me something new that I can apply to my own life and become a better person and Christian because of it. I must say that I am extra excited about uncovering these “rocks” throughout the Bible only to find wonderful treasures hidden!

The story I learned about was actually a very interesting and unique one. It is about a king, King Eglon and a judge named Ehud. You can find the story in Judges 3:12 – 4:1. It’s a suspenseful drama that you’ll never guess you would find in the Bible unless you look under the “rocks” to find the treasure!

That saying about the Bible is absolutely true and I hope that you soon realize this as vividly as I have: The Bible contains more tragedy, comedy, horror, reality, drama, romance, action and adventure, and suspense than today’s entertainment can provide!

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