By Michael Carson Kokomo Tribune
---- — “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
Once again students and teachers are “primed and ready” to begin a new academic year. Students from last school year have matriculated to the next grade level and station in life. What a blessing it is to be a student in school as well as a life-long learner in the school of life. Never stop learning. While there are some absolutes in life, there are never any absolutes on how we view absolutes.
In order to objectively and effectively look at who you are, it is imperative to make quality time for study. In order to critically look at yourself in relation to yourself, others and God it is essential that study takes place.
If we do not actively embrace the discipline of study we run the risk of believing our own world is the only world that matters. Study helps us as we form the way we see the world and how we live our lives.
Study helps us with our own self-image. Paul invites us: “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2) There are many ways we can be renewed and these ways entail engaging in study.
As we go about the process of improving on ourselves, we must constantly study and examine the life we live. Jesus always challenged everyone he came across to engage in the act of self-examination.
Jesus, while using many forms of teaching, primarily used three methods in his teaching. Jesus used Parables: short narratives having a symbolic meaning. He told stories resembling real-life situations with no mythical or supernatural elements.
Jesus utilized Allegories: Extended metaphors telling a mythical or supernatural story or event in order to make a point.
Jesus used Miracles: Things and events that cannot be explained by natural methods and reasoning.
Paul encourages Timothy to be serious about the discipline of studying the Word of God. Paul wanted Timothy to be a “work person” that God would approve of. Effective study no matter what the discipline might be demands great diligence.
No matter if we find ourselves in the “classroom of the schoolhouse” or in the “continuing educational system of life” until we exit this life as we know it, we should always desire to be work persons approved by God. We should strive to learn something each day and try to do our best each day in whatever class we attend.
The effective work person utilizes the tools they have acquired through study, examination, and practice in order to help build whatever or whoever. May our study methods and habits be such that we always attempt to rightly handle whatever situation comes our way.
An effective Christian is a continual student of Christ. Let’s continue “putting the work in” so we will be approved by God.
Have a great school year and strive to be in your seat when the bell rings.
Peace with justice, attend worship and families matter.