Do Your Best

William C. Brownson

Read: 2 Timothy 2:14-15

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling 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, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Eph. 3:8). This is, in fact, as Paul writes elsewhere, “the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints” (Col. 1:26).

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! —Bill Brownson

As you pray, dedicate all your work to God. Ask the Lord to open the eyes of Jews and Gentiles alike to the gospel.