2 Timothy 2:15 contains more than an exhortation for what Bible teachers should do. This verse also points to qualities that will be found in a person who accurately handles the Word. “Do your best” suggests diligence. The next phrase “to present yourself to God” might suggest someone with a sense of personal accountability. Notice how the person takes the initiative to present himself to God.
The Greek Word used in this phrase comes from “para” which means by, near, or beside and “histemi” which is to set, place or stand. Hence, in presenting ourselves to God, we are putting ourselves before God. This is the same word used in Romans 12:1 where we are told to “offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God” as an act of worship.
Hence, in presenting ourselves to God,
we want to honor Him, to please Him;
we want to yield to Him, to be used by Him.
Signs We Teach as Accountable to God
- We teach for Him, not for ourselves and how it will make us feel. It’s not about what we get from it but the honor we give to Him when we accurately represent Him.
- We teach for Him, not because it’s what we or somebody else wants us to do. It’s not about pleasing ourselves or someone else but being used by Him in ways that adequately promote Him and who He is.
- We teach for Him, not for the applause of others. It’s not about what others think but being motivated by what God desires which includes correctly handling His Word.
When we have first presented ourselves to God, how we handle the Word in our teaching isn’t dependent on others seeing what we do. We do our best in teaching to correctly teach the Word with or without supervision for we are doing it as one accountable to God.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters (Col. 3:23)
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? (Gal. 1:10)
so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. (1 Thess. 2:4)
Questions for Bible teachers:
- Do you have to be prodded in order to adequately prepare and present Bible lessons or are you motivated to do what is proper before God?
- Do you need the approval of others or do you look to God as one accountable first and foremost to Him?