Last month we celebrated another graduation at Moody Bible Institute. Our school has grown to include three campuses, and we hold commencement ceremonies not just in Chicago but also in Spokane, Wash., and in Plymouth, Mich.
As a Moody alumnus myself, I get a little choked up when I watch hundreds of dedicated men and women wearing their caps and gowns. I know they will soon leave these doors to be the hands and feet of Jesus across the globe.
If you visit our Chicago campus, you will see a verse carved inside the archway: “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). This is a special verse at Moody, and it applies to both our enrolled students and to you and me as well. As D. L. Moody himself once said, “I never saw a fruit-bearing Christian who was not a student of the Bible.”
Are you a student of the Word? You don’t have to attend school full time to be a lifetime student of the Bible. Whether you are new to Bible study or have long been a reader of God’s Word, here are three things to keep in mind:
1. Make it a priority—Students who enroll in a college course are expected to attend on a regular basis, and true students of the Word also set aside time in an intentional way to spend time reading and reflecting on the Word. Today in the Word is a great resource to help make this a daily habit in your life.
2. Reflect and remember—It is important to intentionally reflect on what we’ve read. Sometimes copying down a Bible verse to carry with me is helpful. Or, I read a passage twice or three times. We want God’s truth to sink into our hearts and minds (Ps. 119:11).
3. Practice what you learn—Nobody gets better at sports or music without regular, consistent practice. When we read the Word, we need to also put these truths into practice (James 1:22). Each day, Today in the Word features an “Apply the Word” section. This is designed to allow God’s Word to shape your daily life.
You might not wear a cap and gown to commemorate your years of Bible study, but one day we’ll stand before God wearing white robes of righteousness. In preparation for that day, let’s study to show ourselves approved unto God.