2 Timothy 2:15 "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who doesn't need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth."
Paul wrote two letters to his close associate, Timothy. In each of these, he gives advice to this young leader of the first-century church. We can assume that Timothy heeded Paul's advice, since it is very probable that Timothy looked up to the apostle.
One piece of advice that Paul offered to Timothy was to present himself as an approved worker before God. In fact, Paul warns Timothy that he is to be diligent in trying to keep this. What is an approved worker?
An approved worker is one that does not need to be ashamed. The worker's lifestyle and his message are the same. In other words, an approved worker practices what he preaches. From this, we can understand that it is just as important to practice what we preach inside the church as it is for us to do the same outside the church. Church leaders should be diligent in heeding Paul's advice to Timothy.
An approved worker is also one that teaches the word correctly. It does us no good if we practice what we preach when what we preach is wrong. We must be careful to study the Bible and understand it. If we practice what we preach, yet we preach as truth something that is not, we can become a stumbling block for someone who is already a Christian. We must avoid this.
Those of us who are leaders in the church should then be very careful in what we say or do. I know that for the longest time, I did not pay enough attention to Scripture. I simply accepted what other church leaders taught as fact. This is not the way things should be. We should study Scripture each and every day. We should spend time in prayer to God and meditation on Scripture. We should then live out what Scripture teaches, imitating Christ. The truth that Paul presented to Timothy