Most of us remember the King James Version of this verse how it starts, "But study to show thyself approved unto God..." The word "study" made most everyone think about "studying the Word of God." We thought that was the primary message of our Daily Verse. Now, I won't disagree entirely, but I think we didn't read the wording carefully. It doesn't say that we are to study the Bible! It says that we should make it a study to be sure that we are living lives that are approved by God. Now, yes, the Word of God is essential for that to happen, and, yes, it is necessary to study the Bible to see what God approves. But still don't miss the point that God wants us to make it our desire to live lives that honor Him and lives that don't bring shame on us or on our Savior!
Now, the end of the verse speaks of "rightly dividing the word of truth." I often wondered what "dividing" meant. Were we somehow of "cut up the Bible into pieces?" That didn't sound reasonable. And it isn't, because that's not what is meant. "Dividing" recognizes the various divisions of the Bible, in Old and New Testaments; in old covenant versus new covenant; in recognizing that everything God said He didn't say it directly to everyone. There are some things God said meant only for the Jewish people. An example of that is God's promise to give them the land of Israel as their permanent possession. They haven't seen that happen yet. But God will do that, especially in the Millennial reign of Christ. And the Gentile Christian doesn't apply that promise to themselves. Our home is in Heaven, Philippians 3:20. We are "pilgrims and strangers" on this earth. (More about this to be said in another study).
But also note the word, "workman." We are workers for the Lord; servants to our King. We got saved to serve, as the old saying goes. Every Christian should see themselves as a worker for God. Sad, too many think that doesn't apply to them. Too often in churches you have two kinds of people: those who work and those who let them! Every Christian needs to know they are called upon by God to work for Him. Do you see that about yourself? Do you seek God's approval of the way you live? Do you seek to understand the Bible better, yes, do you seek to study it more?
Let this familiar verse become a verse to meditate on today. Ask God to make its truths a reality in your life. Be approved workmen who are not ashamed. That's the thought, by the way, behind the word AWANA!