Discipleship | Lesson 8 | Devotion 2

II Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Did you ever have to study for a big test? Did you ever feel like you didn’t study enough? We all know how both of these situations can make us feel. While you were studying, did you ever think about the purpose of the test? For most, we never questioned why a test was given because it was a part of our training, but to the teacher, the test was to show who had been studying and learning. A test is often a means by which some gain approval to move on to the next step.

We all loved the feeling when our study paid off, and we were awarded a passing grade because our test had given us the approval of the teacher. Let’s preface this application with the fact that “we can never be loved by God more than we are right now. There is nothing we can do to earn more of His love.” For those of you who are parents, you understand this fact. There are some children who you love the same as the other, but you know their limits and may not approve them to say; cut the grass, or babysit their brothers and sisters. While your love is equal to all of your children, not all are approved for certain tasks.

God sends tests our way often. Sometimes, it seems like those tests are constant. We fail some of those tests simply because we lack wisdom from the Word of God, or we may have never encountered anything like it. Whatever the case may be, we can prepare ourselves with study of the Word of God. Our study of the Word of God allows us to see growth! It allows us to be prepared for the testing of this life. It allows us to be approved for the next level of learning from God.

As you look in the Word of God, you will learn. The Holy Spirit will teach and guide you. Can we challenge you to become a student of the Word of God? You’ve given yourself a great foundation by choosing to take this course, but this is only the surface. God has things in His Word that are meant just for you. With God as our guide, the Holy Spirit as our teacher, and the Bible as our textbook, we can become an approved student of God’s Word.