Be Diligent and Be Approved By God

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”- 2 Timothy 2:15

The Bible is simple yet complex. It is the bread that gives life and it’s the double edge sword that can cut to the quick. It is the living words of our God. Why do we want to know it but not study it? Do we realize that it is a treasure? It is something that is easily perverted by any who misinterpret it. The average person sits and listens to someone tell them, “Just be Jesus!” What does that mean? Anyone can take that saying and apply what they THINK it means to be Jesus. That is why it is important to study and know God’s words. According to 2 Timothy 3:16-17, it is Scripture that teaches, reproves, corrects, and trains in righteousness so that the man of God may be adequate and equipped for every good work. So how important is it?

When you study 2 Timothy you find that Paul’s main point is: “Guard the treasure entrusted to you.” The treasure is the gospel, the Word! Other important commands by Paul were, “Retain the standard of sound words…” (2 Tim 1:13) and, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God” (2 Timothy 2:15)

Let’s take 2 Timothy 2:15 and break it down…

What is Paul commanding? (I say commanding because the voicing is a command)
“Be diligent”

To present yourself approved to God

As a workman

What kind of a workman?
One that does not need to be ashamed

How are we to not be ashamed?
Accurately handling the word of truth.

Do you see what I did there? I broke down the verse by asking questions, the 5 Ws and H. When I slow myself down and ask those questions, I also begin to realize there is some application to be taken from this verse. I NEED TO BE DILIGENT TO SHOW MYSELF APPROVED TO GOD AS A WORKMAN WHO DOES NOT NEED TO BE ASHAMED ACCURATELY HANDLING THE WORD OF TRUTH!!!!

Some versions state, “Study to show thyself…”

I could go on and on and on about this! But know this, we need to:

1. Be diligent (aka disciplined)

2. Be a workman (i.e. it takes work)

3. Accurately handle the word of truth

Why though? (Cross-reference time!!)

“By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His (what?) word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected.”                                  1 John 2:3-5 emphasis my own.

“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.” 1 John 5:3

Take Away:

We live in what I call, a “society of fame.” Everyone wants to be the next big speaker of God’s Word. It seems that in the eyes of our society, success is measured in numbers. How large of an audience can I grow? People seem to want to experience a great worship set and wonderful speaker. I’m seeing this among my own age group. The result is a shallow Christianity in part because we haven’t discipled individuals to know how to study and understand God’s Word for themselves. Instead we rely on others who can keep our attention. Is that biblical? YOU guard the treasure, YOU retain the standard of sound words, YOU be diligent to show yourself approved accurately handling the word of truth it is by this that we know that we have come to know HIM!


Ryan Thomason works with Transform Student Ministries as the product development and events coordinator. He has voluntarily served Precept Ministries for close to 10 years before coming on staff full time. He has interned with their media department in 2008 and with the student ministry in 2009. He has lived in Guatemala to learn Spanish.

“I have become its servant, according to God’s administration that was given to me for you, to make God’s message fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to His saints.” Colossions 1:25-26


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