by Randy Chambers, 2016-12-15
2 Timothy 2:15, NLT: "Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth."
As a seminary student, I had put myself in a situation where I had the same professor for two classes on the same days of the week. Little did I know ahead of time that the exams for both classes would be scheduled for the same day. This proved to be challenging to say the least. Hoping to persuade the professor to let me take the tests on different days of the week, I made my case to him. His reply to me? "Study harder," was all he said. And so I did.
There is a lot about the Christian life about which we expect God will empower, provide, strengthen and guide. And while it is true that God shall supplies all of our needs (Phil. 4:19); it is also true that we have a part to perform in which we must do the work. God will not read your Bible to you...He will not always push all the right buttons to get you to pray, worship, and to serve. Like with so much else in this life, you will get out of your spiritual growth what you put into it. We trust that as we sow good things into our Christian walk that we will reap (Gal. 6:8); but we must sow; and we must do the work; and we "study harder" if we expect to grow to spiritual maturity.