Study To Show Yourself Approved

Study To Show Yourself Approved

In 2 Timothy 2:15, the apostle Paul writes, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (KJV). A more modern version reads, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” (NIV). This verse emphasizes the importance of studying the Word of God and interpreting it correctly.

After commenting about false teachers in the previous verse, Paul urges Timothy to view himself as a worker seeking to please God. Any worker or servant should desire to satisfy the expectations of his or her boss. Timothy was to view his work for God in the same way. He was not serving to please other people, but to please the Lord. Paul knew well the many ways the world can distract a Christian’s focus. These worldly forces would seek to draw Timothy’s attention to making people happy, rather than viewing the Lord as the one to please.

Here are some practical steps for how we can study and show ourselves approved unto God:

1. Prayer is essential for Bible study because it helps us to approach the Word of God with a humble and teachable spirit. When we pray before reading and studying the Bible, we are acknowledging our need for the Holy Spirit’s guidance to help us interpret and apply the Word to our lives (John 16:13).

Additionally, prayer deepens our relationship with God. As we study the Bible, we can use what we learn to inform our prayers to give praise and glory to God for who He is and what He has done for us.

2. We should set aside a time each day to read, study, and meditate on the Word of God. This could be in the morning, afternoon, or evening. The key is to be intentional and consistent. That way, we demonstrate that knowing and learning more about God is our top priority (Psalm 1:2).

When we approach the Bible, we should ask God to speak to us through His Word. We should also be open-minded and willing to learn and be challenged by what we read. This is how we grow and mature in our understanding of spiritual things.

Regular Bible reading, studying, and meditation helps us to gain a comprehensive understanding of the content of Scripture.

3. We should use reliable resources to help us interpret difficult passages and gain insight into the meaning of the text. These resources can include Bible commentaries, dictionaries, and concordances. We must choose resources that are based on sound biblical scholarship and align with the truth of God’s Word.

These resources should not replace the Bible as our primary source of information (John 17:172 Timothy 3:16). They should instead be used as a supplement to Bible reading and study.

4. The goal of Bible study is not just to gain information but to glorify God with our thoughts, feelings, and actions: “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31; cf. Romans 12:1). We want to be doers of the Word, and not hearers only (James 1:22).

We need to study diligently, not only to defend the faith, but to know the difference between something worth battling over, and something which is just a distracting argument.


  • Wow! This is a very practical teaching. Thank you for sharing the guidelines on how I can study to show myself approved; a workmanship not ashamed and rightly diving the Word of truth. Keep them teachings flowing, servant of God !

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