Study to Show Thyself Approved
Do you want to be approved by God? You must study to present yourself to Him as a worker who is not ashamed. And you must study to divide the word of truth rightly.
Mormons are encouraged to study to show themselves approved of God. Here are some critical steps to study to be approved by God. Below are some tips to help you study and rightly divide the word of truth.
Avoid profane and vain babblings.
“Avoid profane and vain babbling to show thyself approved,” says Paul. These words are impure, vile, and unworthy of God’s name. Moreover, these words will cause more harm than good. In other words, they will only sour the audience. Therefore, we should strive to please God rather than try to appease others.
To be approved by God, we should present ourselves to show that we are God-fearing workers. But we cannot do this by engaging in godless chatter. Such babblings will only increase ungodliness. Therefore, we should study to show our godliness to others. But we must remember that even though we may be able to avoid profane and vain babblings, we must always remain faithful to God’s word.
Avoid teaching in a way that receives God’s approval.
Beware of false teaching. It adds to, rather than subtracts from, God’s word. False teaching is usually full of worldly wisdom. Many church teaching today consists of new-age philosophy, psychology, and legalism. False teaching is ungodly and unfruitful, so avoid it at all costs. Instead, seek to present yourself as a workman who has received the approval of God.
This kind of verse well-illustrates the need to understand that word’s meaning that may change, and we must always be on guard against misapplying or twisting scripture, even when we try to teach everyone the truth. The rendering, study to show thyself approved unto God is found only in the King James Version, translated in 1611. The word study meant to strive or be diligent.
This the New American Standard Bible renders the verse, Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be that ashamed, handling the word of the truth accurately. The new international version renders the verse. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be that ashamed and who will correctly handle the word of the truth.
As we all know, Bible study is critical, but 2 Timothy 2:15 is not just a command to study the Bible. Being an approved workman will involve much more. Paul did want Timothy to understand that to be a workman, God could quickly approve.
He would have to be diligent in his service to God. God is not the kind of master that will accept the shoddy work! Nevertheless, by earnestly applying himself to the service, Timothy would not need to be ashamed as he will stand before God on the Day of Judgment.
To be that diligent, approved workman, he would always have to handle the word of the truth correctly. Of necessity, correctly handling the Bible, the word of the truth, will involve much study, contemplation, and prayers. It will involve bringing an open mind, an open heat, and a faithful life to the word of the truth.
Implied in the correct handling is the proper understanding of the division which is between the Old and the New Covenants, understanding that the New Testament is the following rule of the faith and practice which is for the Christians today.
The main goal of being an approved workman should be the primary goal of God’s children. In verse immediately before the 2 Timothy 2: 15, Paul stressed the importance of living faithfully before God, even to the significant point of suffering. If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: If we deny him, he will deny us.
He told Timothy, of all of these things to put them in the remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they will strive not about the words diligently to be much-approved workers before the God. The diligent application of all of our energy to the service of God will allow us to join Timothy in standing before God without shame. Nothing will help us more to please God than to carefully and correctly handle God’s written word.