To Be Approved
"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15, KJV).
Most of all of my adult life has been centered around the university world -- as a student, a teacher, and as one who works with students, professors and administrators in the intellectual realm. I count many of the leading scholars of our time as beloved friends, yet if I had to choose between a Ph.D. from the most prestigious university in the world and a thorough knowledge of and comprehension of the Word of God, I would gladly choose the latter. Fortunately, it is not necessary to choose because one can have both academic training and a knowledge of God's Word.
A recommendation which I have made to our two sons and to thousands of our staff and students with whom we work is that degrees are very important in today's world, but they will not only be meaningless and worthless in terms of eternity, but can contribute to one's moral and spiritual disintegration unless at the same time one is studying to show himself approved unto God. In all of our academic pursuits and in our commitment to excellence in the business and professional realms, we must be careful to give God and His Holy inspired Word their rightful place in our daily schedule.
Ultimately, it is our knowledge of God learned through the study of Scripture and our response to Him that makes all the difference in our lifestyle. It makes the difference in the choosing of our mate, in the rearing of our children, in the choosing of our friends, our business or professional career, in all of our attitudes and actions and in the contribution which we make to society. Let us give priority to priorities, the highest of which is to seek after God through the diligent study of His holy revelation to man and to encourage others to join with us in rightly dividing the word of truth.
Bible Reading: II Timothy 2:19-25
TODAY'S ACTION POINT: With God's help I will seek not only to be a student of God's Word but also to acquire the ability to teach His word to others.
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