Text: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” - 2 Timothy 2:15.
Comment: The preceding text directly encourages Christians to apply themselves diligently to the acquisition of the true knowledge of God in the Holy Bible which accords life everlasting to those who cleave to it. – John 17:3.
Other passages in the Bible highlight the importance of the word of God. Moses, talking to the children of Israel said: “And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live” (Deuteronomy 8:3). Joshua who succeeded Moses told Israel: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” – Joshua 1:8. Job, the man of God puts it in this wise: “Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12).
Apostle Paul advocates spending one's time well in doing God's noble work rather than the leisure of cocktail stories: “Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do” – 1Timothy 4:7.