Do what it takes to learn to rightly handle the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15)

"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

I'm working with a friend whom I have several times nearly given up on. I keep thinking this guy just really don't care a whole lot about the Lord. Then as soon as I get to that point he goes and tells me something like he did this last week when he said, "I don't think I've learned to dedicate myself to the Lord." Cool.

Not cool that he hasn't learned (though few of us have), but cool that he knows he needs to. I've been challenging him to do what it takes over the next few years to be a leader in his church. This is an idea he is excited about but also freaked out about. He is embarrassed that if you ask him to look up a piece of scripture he will turn to the table of contents at the front of his Bible and then ask if its a New Testament or Old Testament book.

He's been a believer for 8 years but has never really pursued his faith until recently. In fact he only began attending church a few months ago.

When looking at the Bible he is intimidated. "How can I possibly ever grasp this?" he seems to think.

Now I've been a believer for years. I grew up in a christian home and probably have even read my Bible nearly every day for 12 years. But I still have a difficult time. I may know if a book is New Testament or Old Testament. But I simply don't have the brain type which can tell you where a verse is. Part of why I blog is to help me remember the things I learn. Even then, I can tell you what I blogged about in the last few days, but certainly not the scripture reference, or possibly even the book.

But I take this verse as a challenge. For me to step up and do what it takes to really grasp this book of truth we have. I don't want to open to a random scripture, take it out of context and begin to live a heresy. I want to know the heart of God, His passion for me, and use scripture to build up and encourage others. I just wish I didn't have to work so stinkin' hard at it.

I want to challenge you to what I've challenged my friend to. Do what it takes to learn, and REALLY learn the word of God so that you can rightly handle it. Do what it takes in your learning so that you can lead in some capacity in your church if called upon in the next year or two.

That's a tall order. But this is the very word of God. Let's not forget to treat it as such.

p.s. I believe Nick uses the KJV to get the words "rightly dividing the word of truth."