"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15
A workman that needs not to be ashamed. Are we workmen that need to be ashamed? Or, that need not to be ashamed? If we think about it, Jesus gave us only two commandments: Love God with all of your heart, soul and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:37-39.
1 John 4
20 "If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also."
Everyone will stand before the judgment seat of Christ 2 Cor. 5:10 and every tongue will confess to God. Romans 14:11. Will we be ashamed of our love for, and service to, our fellow man, especially our brothers and sisters in Christ?
Galatians 6:10 "As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith."
Rightly dividing the word of truth 2 Timothy 2:15 above. The "word of truth" is God's Holy Word, the Bible, written for us, as instruction on how to live obedient lives full of blessings.
Rightly dividing the word of truth is ministering the appropriate scripture at the appropriate time and moment, as needed. We cannot do that if we do not know the word of truth. We can only minister it if we Study it, to show ourselves approved unto God, 2 Timothy 2:15 above.
Read the Bible, study it, memorize scripture, so you will be able to rightly divide it at the perfect moment. As Apostle Paul says, our joy will be in seeing our brothers and sisters standing with us beside our Lord, Jesus Christ, when He comes.
Recently, I was told that I would go broke if I kept giving. After thinking and praying about it, Holy Spirit showed me that no one ever went broke from giving. Mother Teresa is quoted as saying, Give until it hurts. But scripture tells us that God is able to make all grace abound toward us so that we always having all sufficiency in all things may abound to every good work 2 Cor. 9:8-11, so that it never hurts.
So I say, Give until you think it will hurt, but it never hurts, because God is able to make all grace or favor abound toward us. Amen.
Love your neighbor as yourself.
The Rich Man
17 "And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
18 And Jesus said unto him, Why do you call me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
19 Thou know the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.
20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.
21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lack: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answered again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!
25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
26 And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?
27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible."
There are differing opinions on this scripture and what the "eye of a needle" meant. Some suggest that a "needle" was a small gate; others believe it actually referred to sewing needles, which were similar then to ours today. Either way, we can gather that it is an extremely difficult task. Who then can be saved? And Jesus said, "With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible"! Amen. God is able.
The rich man had done all that Jesus requires his whole life, save one thing. How many things are we lacking to be perfect, like Jesus?
Give until it hurts, because it never hurts, give your time, your money, your love, always rightly dividing the word of truth, a workman that need not be ashamed.
God is able to make all grace or favor abound toward you, so that you always having all sufficiency in all things may abound to every good work.
In love and light, and in Jesus' Mighty name. Amen.
Faithful and humble servant to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
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