If we are all honest, there is a universal problem we all face; seeking approval from others before making sure we have God’s approval. Paul was very careful in training Timothy so that this point was covered. “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” (2 Timothy 2:15).
The word “approved” means “to be genuine based on testing; sincere, of good quality, or judged worthy.” We see from the context that this is a “charge…before God” (2:14) which raises the seriousness of verse 15. God is the evaluator and puts each person through HIS test to see if they are approved.
As verses 16 to 18 show, there are self appointed leaders whose agenda is to “lead people into more and more ungodliness and their talk will spread like gangrene.” “Gangrene” is the death of body tissue that spreads unless it is treated immediately – spiritual death in the church.
On the other hand, “rightly handling the word of truth” cleanses from sin and falsehood, and produces life in the body of Christ. That is what God approves in those who lead, serve or minister the Word of God. Paul never looked for approval from man (Galatians 1:10) because it would disqualify him as a servant of Jesus Christ and a preacher of the gospel.
We must set this as our standard. There is no other standard! If we use any other standard, we become double-minded and will receive NOTHING from the Lord (James 1:7). Seeking God’s approval will receive God’s reward; never to be ashamed.
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