Do Your Best

William C. Brownson

READ : 2 Timothy 2:14-15

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth. (v. 15)

“Do your best, [Timothy],” writes Paul. He seems to say, “Give yourself wholeheartedly to your appointed task. Offer your entire being to God and do your work with an eye single to his ‘well done!’ So labor that you’ll never need to be ashamed.”

Timothy has a great calling. He has been entrusted with “the word of truth,” the good news of Jesus Christ. As a young Scottish minister, just ordained, once put it: “I have this day been given as much honor as it is possible for any human being to receive.” Yes! Immortal tidings in our mortal hands! Crown jewels in cracked pots! Paul felt this way about it: “To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Eph. 3:8 KJV).

The charge is to “rightly explain” this message from God; literally, to “cut it straight.” Let the explaining be accurate, thorough, and clear, always bringing to light the treasures of the revealed gospel. Since proclaiming Christ is the highest of privileges, may we never give to it less than our best!


Lord, may all my work for you be such that I will not be ashamed.