15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth (2 Timothy 2).
In verses 3-6 Paul urged Timothy to be like a good soldier suffering hardship, like a rule-following athlete running a good race, and like a hard-working farmer harvesting crops. Here he urges Timothy, as God’s appointed pastor/teacher (probably in the church at Ephesus), to be like a common agricultural laborer (“workman”) who cuts a straight path (“accurately handling”) in the fields.
It is a proven fact (and obviously was known even way back in Paul’s day) that smaller harvests are yielded by a field where the rows have been cut haphazardly and crooked. In the same way, smaller and weaker harvests of souls are yielded where God’s Word and the gospel message (“the word of truth”) are haphazardly preached and taught.
Those who would walk the straight and narrow way must be taught by faithful laborers who diligently and clearly point it out—so that, in the end, those gospel laborers will not be “ashamed” of their labors.
Lord, help those of us who teach and preach Your Word to do so in a straight way. May any preparations for teaching This Day be done diligently and accurately. Amen.