Daily Devotional – 3/3/16 “Study to show thyself approved!”

How can we teach what we don’t understand ourselves? Yes, we can go to a place of worship on Sunday, attend bible study, quote a few scriptures and pray out loud but do we clearly understand God’s word for ourselves? Or are we doing what’s familiar? I’m back in school, a theological school, and it’s sad to me that some of the adults in my class didn’t even know John 3:16 (For God so loved the world…). It’s sad that these are adults (young and older) who have never taken the time to get to know the one scripture that sums up the entire book of John, for themselves. Oh but we are quick to say we are children of the King. But are we? How can we be followers of God and not imitate Him? Haven’t you noticed that if a child watches you long enough, they’ll eventually pick up on some of the things you do and say? Well, why aren’t we doing and saying some stuff like the God we supposedly follow? If we’ve been followers of Christ, we ought to be like Him in some way, by now, shouldn’t we? I’d answer yes. However, the only way we can imitate God’s ways is by learning what His ways are and then what He requires of us. We do this by studying His word, in the instruction manual He’s left behind.

Don’t we read the instructions when trying to assemble stuff? Then why aren’t we reading the instructions of God when we claim to be assembling workers for His kingdom? No, we don’t have to know the bible front and back but how can we tell if the pastor, who’s serving us, is serving us the right fruit? A pastor or minister’s role is to teach and it’s our responsibility to get understanding. Oh but how can we get understanding on something we know nothing about? It doesn’t matter if we sit on the same pew Sunday after Sunday if we aren’t learning something that can be used to save those who are unsaved. And believe it or not if an unsaved person were to challenge a lot of the saved who are leaving church, some of us would fail. Why? Because we couldn’t even tell them what the pastor preached on. We can give you the fancy title but that’s it. And it’s a shame that a lot of us ‘church’ folk is going to straight to hell and it’s not because we are hellish people but it’s because we’ve allowed the glitz and glamour of being churched to overshadow being taught. We’ll take the whooping but not the word. We’d rather get ‘slayed in the spirit’ and not saved. I don’t know about you but the last thing I want is to be turned away from the gates of Heaven because I’ve not studied to show myself approved.

The bible says in 2 Timothy 2:15-16, “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. Avoid worthless, foolish talk that only leads to more godless behavior.”

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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