March 12, 2022
Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.
7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:
9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.
10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:
12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
There is so much depth in these verses, so dense with meaning – it’s difficult to find one thing to focus on. I’m a small person; I’m neither a theologian nor an intellectual but God, as always, doesn’t expect us to be. He knows who and what we are and so on a certain level, the words of Scripture can be understood very easily.
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. This (again) is why Bible study is so important. We are taught elsewhere in Scripture to not lean to our own understanding (so do Bible study with a priest) but to study Scripture. Think of Martha and Mary, the sisters of Lazarus; one was very busy about getting practical things done and running around to cover all the bases of running a home and entertaining guests but her sister was found at the feet of Jesus, being instructed in the Gospel and learning about our Father in heaven. We are to be the mixture of both – we must go and do but we must also study at the feet of Jesus so that our going and doing finds pleasure in His sight. When we study Him, it informs us of how we are to go and do.
Now … I have to ‘go and do’, but while I’m at it, I can pray or sing His praises, and remind myself that all that I do should be a glory of Him.