2 Timothy 2: The Importance of Study
Timothy 2 brings me back to my school days. How do you do well in school? Although it is certainly the case that some people have natural propensities towards reading or math, it is also true that there comes a point where everyone needs to put in work in order to do well.
2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Similarly, Timothy needed to make sure that he was studying the word of God. He was in a leadership position, and it was his responsibility to help the people rightly divide or understand the word of God. How would he be able to do that well unless the devoted time and effort to learning all that he could?
This clearly has practical application for all of us. If we want to talk about the Bible and if we want to help other people with their own understanding, then seems to be the case that we need to know the material. We need to know what God has said if we want to be in a position to actually help people understand it.
I know that that seems intuitive. How can we talk about something that we do not understand ourselves? It would be almost like trying to be a referee in basketball and explain the rules to people when you have never read the rulebook.
We certainly do not all have to be perfect Biblical scholars who know every possible interpretation of every possible passage, but we do need to be engaged in study so that when questions come up, we are able to have some type of answer. After all, if we are claiming to be Christians, then we probably should know what it means to follow Jesus Christ.