We are told in 2 Timothy 2:15 to " Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth." Other versions read "study to show yourself approved unto God."
We all want approval from one another to reinforce our self-worth; it is part of being human. I know people who are paralyzed in life and most of them Christians seeking pathetically for all kind of approval every moment of their lives so they can function. When we start looking for approval at every corner to measure who we are and our self-worth, we leave behind the Christian life and walk in the flesh with an obsession that takes control over our lives and before we know it, the Holy Spirit is nowhere to be found within because we have allowed this beast to take over our lives. What is sad is that it does not have to be this way and when we study the word of God, we realize that God has not forgotten anything; everything we need for this life has been included in Scriptures for our benefits.
I suspect one of the reasons we fail as Christians to observe what we are told in 2 Timothy 2:15 is because we have been duped and bought into that diluted Christianity we have come to know in the twenty first century, while we are advised in Colossians 2:8 not to get caught up and to beware not to be taken captive by anyone through their philosophy and empty deceit.
Approved unto God, when we look into the meaning deeper, we realize there is a component of the word approved that calls for us to be tried by God so we can become properly acceptable, holy, tried and true people and find favor in His sight. - Being approved unto God has nothing to do with how good, how bad, how great we are doing in our career, or what material possessions we have. What matters is how well we receive His word within as they become part of who we are as God weave them into our daily lives; it is about living sacrificially a steadfast life of intimacy with Him through the joy, the learning process, the real experience of being filled with Him, the loneliness of the soul as you go through the narrow gate, the destruction that is taking place inside us as He rebuild a new you, the joy of the Holy Spirit in your heart, the agony of the dark night of the soul, the pain of being humiliated by Him before the gift of humility is wrought in us, the learning that makes you feel your mind is exploding as you try to spiritually keep up with the Holy Spirit, the soul that cannot be quenched, the passion that if God does not slow it down for you it will cause your heart to explode, the realness of the Spirit and soul within, and so on. These, we all go through as human being and true Christian to prepare us for life in Heaven as we live on this earth a life of intimacy based on His word with complete obedience and total abandonment to Him. Then He speaks to our soul and gives us the seal of approval. This approval of His, you carry it with you and it permeates your soul, day in, day out and nothing in this world can be compared to it and you realize how pathetic you were, seeking for puny beings approval for your self-worth when you have a God biggest than the universe can contain telling you "well done my child, I have found delight in you" Who cares about man's approval after such experience?
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