Putting Into Practice Our Attitude Toward God’s Word
The Christian who has the right attitude about the Word of God, that is, that it is from God and is authoritative will want to apply the teachings in our daily lives.
One who wants to be “An Approved Servant of God” will put into practice the teaching of Paul in 2 Timothy 2:15, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Whenever we hire someone to do some repair on our homes, we expect that he or she is very qualified and will do the work right, that they are very diligent about it. How much more should we be diligent in our approach to God’s Word. We must make the effort read it, study it, meditate upon it, and tell others about it.
An example of this attitude is found in the Old Testament character of Joshua. He was the successor to Moses and led the people in the conquest of Canaan. In Joshua 1:6-9 we have God speaking to Joshua as he was commissioning him in his new role. God said to him that he must be strong and of good courage. He is told to meditate on the Word and observe it and make it a part of his daily routine.
Another way that we put into practice our attitude toward God’s Word is to use it to help others grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus. Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 2:2, “And the things you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to reach others also.” It is because of this principle that you and I are Christians. Ever since the first century men and women have been teaching God’s Word and sharing it with others. We must not let that admonition go by the wayside. We must be willing and eager to teach others the Word of God.
We, further, show our faithfulness to God’s Word by being consistent and staying true to it. We must know why we believe the Bible. Paul writes to those who will preach the Word of God in 2 Timothy 4:1-5, instructing them. Although this is primarily for those who preach, the principles therein can apply to all believers. We must never waver in our teaching. We must always preach and teach the Word of God faithfully wherever we are. We must not let circumstances dictate our faith and practice. We must teach the Word of God with patience. We must teach it in love.
These are only a few of the ways that “An Approved Servant of The Lord” can show their fidelity to God’s Word.