Prerequisites Versus Benefits
It seems life has a whole bunch of prerequisites we must meet to receive certain benefits. To go from one grade level to the next, you must complete an indisputable prerequisite. What is that condition? You must pass your current grade level before you can proceed. Say you want to compete in the Olympics. The prerequisite is that your federation must complete a questionnaire detailing conditions approximately 100 pages in length, then it must be approved and accepted by the Olympic committee. If you want to become a broker, you must meet the prerequisite of obtaining a series of licenses, and be sponsored by a registered investment firm. So, are you getting my drift?
It is a strange phenomenon to me that the prerequisites of most professions are accepted with little to no resistance; howbeit that does not apply when it comes to Christian education. The Bible says we should study God’s Word so that we bring no shame upon His name, which gives proof or evidence that we know Him. Once we meet that condition, He approves us as one understanding of His spiritual truths. These truths break chains off our lives, and we are made free. The second prerequisite is that we show the intent of our hearts. Our experiences will reveal what’s on the inside. Wow, that was a mouthful!
2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
The best part is the benefit! The desperate search to know oneself is over. God reveals who we are not only to others around us but, more importantly, to ourselves through His eyes. Gaining an understanding of this is liberating because we no longer need to seek approval of others or strive to meet other’s ideas of what we should be. God knows us, and we finally meet His primary objective for establishing these prerequisites in the first place. We realize we are an investment to God. Now we see our flaws through His loving eyes. God can begin to us for His glory at our maximum potential. We are now vessels of honor that God can deposit of His biblical truths.
2 Timothy 2:20 (NLT)
In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use.
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