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Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

II Timothy 2:11-15

"This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him. If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. If we are faithless, he remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself. Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

Pete Shubert was my grandfather on my mother's side. He came from Germany as a teen. He had very little of this world's goods, but he knew the Lord and served him. He weathered the storms of adversity during the dust bowl days in Oklahoma.

He farmed a wheat ranch, preached the gospel and left a huge shadow. He was loved and admired by family and friends. He was one of my greatest examples. His grit and determination never waivered. I can still recall one time when he visited us in Idaho. He had followed me to work while he was there and even got to meet the Govenor. As he prepared to leave to return to Oklahoma, he gave me one of his huge grandpa Shubert hugs and in his broken English, whispered in my ear; "I proud of you!" Wow!

What kind of worker are you? Oh, you may be a pretty good worker on the job where you work, but that type of work will only produce a pat on the back, a raise in pay, or you may possibly even merit a promotion. Those are very temporal things. What about your workmanship for the Lord?

Sometimes I feel that I mention this topic of temporal versus spiritual values so much that people will become tired of hearing it. I promise you that I will not let up on it! We must all stand before the God of the universe one of these days and give an account of everything that we have accomplished. Your job performance is going to be of no value then!

Paul was writing this letter to Timothy, his son in the faith. He was urging him to devote himself to the teaching that has eternal value attached to it.

Notice that Paul tells Timothy to "keep on reminding them." This implies a consistency in giving positive instruction. We should be equally committed to a consistently reminding people of those things which we find in God's Word.

One of the areas that Paul instructs Timothy to teach was that the people were not to argue against words. In today's language we might say that it is splitting hairs. There are foundational spiritual truths that need to be stressed, but much of so-called spiritual debate is meaningless. In fact, Paul goes so far as to say that it ruins the hearers. I guess the question we should always ask ourselves in this area is, "Would Jesus argue this point in the way I am arguing?" If not, stop!

Paul leaves the area of telling Timothy what to share with others and focuses on what he himself should aim to achieve. What is of prime importance for one who would be a worthy workman?

He says that Timothy is to do his best to present himself before God as one approved. What does it mean to be approved? Lots of answers might be given. But immediately it is sobering to realize that the One to whom we are to present ourselves is the God of the universe.

Just imagine as you stand before God and share everything you have done. The objective of this presentation is to receive His, (God's) approval. Won't it be great to hear the words from the Lord; "Well done, worthy workman!" We need to keep that picture in mind.

The work that Paul mentions to Timothy is correctly handling God's Word. Read it, study it, know it so that you are able to use it properly. It is not restricted to age or anything else. I once read about a teenage girl who made a commitment to lead 30 people to the Lord in one year.

As a step of action to reach that goal she purchased 30 Bibles along with dozens of gospel tracts and pamphlets. They were in the trunk of her car when a terrible automobile accident took her life. At the funeral, eight of those Bibles were given to people who had responded to the invitation to trust Christ as Savior. She was a worthy workman even in death. I can imagine the Lord saying to her; "Well done, worthy workman!"

Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing.

--- Pastor Cecil


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