“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (II Timothy 2: 15)
Doing our work, striving for the high goal of goodness, is necessary in order to gain a real sense of who we are, of the freedom we deserve. We must obey God’s lesson-plan. We can’t get a full grasp of all that Life is and that Love does without some discipline, concentration, study, and prayer.
Having attained a right sense of God and of ourselves we can go forth in the world with our heads held high, knowing that we are demonstrating God’s qualities in the measure that we are realizing their presence, grasping their import. And we don’t need to be ashamed that we are workmen. We don’t need to feel that we are only approved of when we have achieved some state of perfect knowledge.
In our working, in our actively dividing the truth from the lie, day by day, hour by hour, we are doing well. This act of studying, working out the principles through practice is given a sure blessing. There is no shame in not knowing the whole of God’s Mind, His Principle, His plan. The student is not the teacher and does not need to be. Being a pupil of Christ is not a preparation. It is a life-long vocation. And it is one for which we should be full of gladness, confidence, trust, and gratitude.
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