Word of TruthFebruary 10, 2015
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” 1 Tim 4:15
At the heart of Paul’s encouragement to Timothy in this verse are two critical issues that the Church in Uganda and probably the world over needs to grapple with. These two issues are Personal Integrity In The Sight Of God, and Integrity In Handling Of The Word Of Truth.
It is God’s desire that His children who represent Him in the world ought to live in such a manner as to bring Him honour and glory. This we do by demonstrating God’s attributes to the world, in other words our lives should match up to our beliefs and teachings.
This means that our moral standing must be of the highest standard because we know that the one we represent is one who is pure as pure light. The Scripture declares that “…in Him there is no darkness…” This means that in our choices daily we ought to choose to honour Him in our use of time, in our relationships, in the use of our money, in our money making adventures, in our ministry and service to Him! It is also our mandate to work hard not only to understand God’s Word but also to teach it and apply it correctly and faithfully.
Paul charges Timothy to correctly handle the word of truth. Today we see God’s word twisted and used to justify abuse, greed and deception. It is important that God’s people seek to study and understand God’s word. That we seek to apply it faithfully to our life situations if indeed we recognise God’s word as the ultimate authority for our beliefs and practice.
This however requires that we have the necessary knowledge and skill to fully appropriate the treasure that is God’s Word! We ought to invest in learning how to learn from God’s word.
I am convinced living as one approved, not needing to be ashamed is highly dependent upon how deeply we are immersed in God’s truth. It should be the goal of every believer to be deeply rooted in the truth of God! It is with this recognition that our efforts to teach people God’s word, how to study it and how to teach it should never be diminished.