“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
During my days teaching aviation, it was always very obvious when the student was driven and wanted to become a professional pilot and when others simply were exploring if aviation was for them. There were those who would pull out the books and study as if their life depended on it (because it did). Others showed up and expected to simply absorb all the information. What could be taught in the classroom was insufficient to gain the detail to be excellent and truly excel. As a pastor, I find the same is true in the church. When, as believers, we show up on Sunday morning and worship through prayer, teaching, fellowship and music, then go back to a godless week, we will not see the results in the Christian life that we desire. Yet, there is no measuring tool and no defined standard of how much you should study. In fact, for church leaders to place this standard on you might actually be stifling rather than freeing. Only the Holy Spirit can tell you how much time you should spend in study each day. We are here to tell you that you must study however!
Recently, I was reading a book. It contained a statement that I’ve given a lot of thought to lately. The author identified in our culture that we do not take enough time to worship. He was not speaking of only singing songs to God or even time in prayer. In addition to those things, he mentioned how our culture was not adept to carving out time for the careful study of God’s Word. It is hard work and it takes time! If we are serious about studying God’s word and knowing God through prayer, each of us will need to take time our of our busy day and spend it with the Lord. Some of the time in prayer and meditation, some of the time with other believers and some of the time simply being workman.
Perhaps you may think that study is not for you; you aren’t alone! Others love to study and read. Regardless, reading the Bible is not simply a scholastic study. Reading the Bible is part of our very relationship with God. Studying His Word is akin to studying Him. So many people are seeking to find what God is like. We search as a people for the answers to life’s many questions. We look for comfort in the valleys of life and we strive to find purpose a midst a generation searching for purpose outside of self fulfillment. Knowing God, and knowing the Bible helps us greatly in so many of these situations. Keep in mind that just like any relationship our relationship with God takes time. Studying His Word, listening to His Spirit and living a disciplined, Spirit-led lifestyle won’t “just happen.” You must be intentional!
Our verse describes a diligent student as a “worker.” Will you take the time to read, pray and learn the Bible? What goals has the Spirit of God placed on your heart today for studying? How has He prompted you to pray? Share that with a brother or sister in Christ; then do it!