Girl, Gospel, Go | Day Thirteen
By: Megan Gover | A Worker Approved | To type in your answers, click here.
“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]
Most of us live in a constant state of winning other’s approval. We strive for the acceptance of our friends, the blessing of our parents, and the support of our teachers and coaches. However, the only one’s approval we should solely seek is the Lord’s alone.
In today’s passage, Paul uncovers why it is important to be a worker accepted by God.
Spend some time repenting of anyone’s approval you’ve made an idol and ask the Lord to switch your heart to live approved by Him.
Read 2 Timothy 2:14-19. This section starts with another action verb. What is Paul asking of Timothy and who is he supposed to teach this to?
Define a quarrel. How could someone quarrel about words?
What’s the consequence of arguing?
When’s the last time you got into an argument with someone? What was the result?
The Greek word for the phrase “only ruins” is katastrophē. It’s where we get our idea of catastrophe! When we argue and fight and dispute over meaningless things, it ends only in disaster for the ones hearing it.
In verse 15, however, we see a stark contrast of what to do instead of what not to do.
What are the qualifications for being an approved worker before God?
Why is it important to not be ashamed of living out the Gospel?
Why is it important for believers to handle the word of truth correctly? What’s the consequence of incorrectly handling truth?
Continuing into verse 16, Paul calls Timothy to avoid irreverent babble. Write down what you think these words mean:
Irreverent essentially means lacking proper respect or seriousness and babble means to talk idly, irrationally, excessively, or foolishly.
What would be an example of irreverent babble? How does it spiral us into a deeper distance from godliness?
Applying this to your own life, what area of your speech is leading you further away from walking a godly life?
Paul paints a powerful picture of the effect of one’s babble: he says their talk will spread like gangrene. This nasty disease occurs when a part of one’s body lacks circulation or has an infection. It begins to decompose and eat away at the tissue affecting--even decaying the bone! When gangrene sets in at a certain point, most of the time amputation is the only thing to keep the disease from spreading.
Now knowing more about gangrene, how does the physical nature of this disease mirror the spiritual consequences of irreverent babble?
Paul mentions two men specifically who are guilty of this type of speech. What were their names and what were they saying about the resurrection?
It is unclear what exactly Philetus and Hymenaeus were speaking about specifically regarding the resurrection. Most scholars agree they were probably discounting the physical nature of Christ’s death and resurrection. Why is denying a physical death problematic to the Gospel?
Regardless of what false truth they were spreading, it was “upsetting the faith of some” (verse 18). However, Paul reminds Timothy of God’s firm foundation anchored in two truths. Write them below.
The Lord knows YOU. The Lord knows you are HIS. This truth should make us want to flee from temptation, run from sin, and seek Him wholeheartedly.
Spend some time repenting of the ways your tongue has led you away from godliness. Beg Christ for His love to propel you towards Him!