2 Timothy 2:15 “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”
I came across this devotional today by Andrew Wommack and thought I’d share it.
This verse is usually read a “Study to show oneself approved to God”. The word “study” in this passage does not mean to pursue knowledge by reading, etc. Rather, it involves much more than just taking in knowledge. It’s used for a workman giving diligence, endeavoring or exerting oneself.
The most common way this verse is interpreted is to say that if we study well, God approves of us and what we have done. It is more correctly interpreted that through our study, we prove to ourselves that we have been approved, or accepted, of God through Jesus Christ.
Studying doesn’t make us more accepted by God, nor does our lack of study make us less accepted by God. By our study, we will be made more aware that God has already accepted us, and our lack of study will make us less aware of that.
“Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.” John 13:3-5
Well aware of his own identity and his oneness with God the Father, Jesus performed the lowliest form of service possible for his followers. Jesus was completely secure in who he was and freely threw off any trappings of status to serve the ones he loved. Sometimes it is hardest to humble ourselves when we feel insecure and have to prove our worth to others or even to ourselves.
It can be just as humbling to accept service as it is to give it. Peter didn’t want Jesus to wash his feet. No doubt Peter felt unworthy. But Jesus was setting an example for all of us who want to follow him and convinced Peter to accept. Jesus had also set an example of receiving service when he allowed the woman to wash his feet with her tears and dry them with her hair. (Luke 7:38)
Being human, there are times we need to help others and times we need to accept help. Jesus is our model for both.
What gifts and talents has God given you? How can you use them to serve others? How can you learn to accept help when you need it?