Skip to main content

Doing Our Best for God

Do you remember Shauna talking to us about not falling into the trap of always being busy? Perhaps you are still trying to earn God's (and other's) favour by saying 'yes' to everything and constantly 'doing'. These words are a great reminder of the freedom we have in Christ, and what He has called us to...

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth  2 Timothy 2 verse 15 (NIV)
This verse follows hot on the heels of three pictures Paul gives to Timothy about living the Christian life. He writes to Timothy in a fatherly way “Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” and then writes about the soldier pleasing his commanding officer, the athlete who follows the rules so that he has a chance of winning the race and the hardworking farmer.
So it’s a little later that Paul then writes to Timothy  ‘Do your best’ or in other translations, ‘concentrate’, ‘study and be eager’, ‘be diligent’. There is urgency in Paul’s writing as he encourages us to do our best for God. So what does it mean to do our best for God? Is there an implication that we may not reach the mark? Is our life supposed to be all about striving and hard work and earning God’s favour?
I can easily fall into the trap in my own life of activity and working hard and thinking that is how I will earn God’s favour and that I am doing my best for God. However I think this is not a call to relentless activity but a reminder to not let life drift by; to be thoughtful and to take our walk with God seriously. These words spur me on to do my best, knowing that I am a sinner loved and saved by God’s amazing grace. There is nothing I can do to make God love me anymore – wow! Paul’s words suggest that it might not be an easy task – concentrate, be diligent, so how can I do my best?
  • Be focused – our relationship with God, our family, our work
  • Be disciplined – in our use of time and our lifestyle choices
  • Be wholehearted – in all we do
  • Live life with the fruits of the Spirit [Galatians 5 v 22]
This for me might mean
-       Being patient with someone in a difficult situation
-       Going the extra mile for someone and showing kindness
-       Exercising self control in what I eat
-       Choosing peace in a busy day
-       Bringing joy to others and taking someone up in their lift
Moving further into the verse Paul says to do our best so that we will be approved by God and not ashamed. What might I be ashamed of before God? Sometimes I think I let myself off the hook with God because I know He loves and forgives me! I can let myself receive too much grace! So it’s good to ask myself some questions? Am I doing some activity that is not pleasing to God? Do I have a spirit of pride in my life? Am I serving God wholeheartedly? Did I do that job in my own strength? Am I just lazy and lacking in compassion sometimes?
How are we to ‘correctly handle the word of truth’? We need to value the truth and the Gospel passed down to us, it is precious. We must be faithful in teaching and sharing the truth. We need to be careful not to manipulate God’s word for our own purposes or pick and choose what we believe and how we live our lives.
There is so much to think about in just one verse! Here are a couple of questions to reflect on
What does doing your best for God mean to you?
Is there anything in your life that you would be ashamed of before God?
Prayer: Thank you God for your word. Help us to love you with all our hearts, to worship you with our whole being and to serve you willingly and joyfully. Amen

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Not the Summer I'd Planned

"Life's detours means  God wants you to run right into His arms  so He can reconstruct your heart"  Ann Voskamp
Well, let's just say that it's not been the summer I thought I was going to have!!! 
I'm so grateful we had our relaxing holiday in the sunshine
I'm so grateful it's summer time, and therefore not so many work commitments
I'm so grateful for my family being around
I'm so grateful for a wonderful and kind church family

If I was going to have an accident ...to slip over on the back door mat....in my wedges...feeding the dogs.. and dislocate and fracture my ankle...then I'm so glad I was at home with family around and with access to swift expert medical help.

The accident was so sudden and it was immediately obvious that I couldn't sort it on my own! I'm pretty squeamish so I'll save you the details, but the angle of my foot prompted me to say out loud "I've just done something really bad".

Funny isn't it, when yo…

African sky

I'm writing this in the eerie light of Monday afternoon - anyone else noticed the yellow-tinged sky? I'm reliably informed (thanks Jake!) that the high winds are picking up dust particles from Liberia and North Africa, turning our sky a yellowish colour and definitely giving off an unusual atmosphere! Kind of intriguing too, as we are about to leave for a 10 day trip to Zambia this evening! We're flying overnight, and when we get there temperatures are high 90s - I have no idea how I'm going to cope with that at all...so I'm not even thinking about it right now! 
We'll stay a few days in Lusaka, visiting Sam and Hannah Fairs-Billam and their girls;  and Tehila, the charity they run, Then it's a 5 hour journey North to reconnect with the pastors and families in Serenje, and visit the Dormitory to meet the girls. 
Please do pray for us - safety and good health, pray for our families, pray that everywhere we go we take people up in their lift! (If like me you…

Discover your Worth, your Strength, your Purpose

Following a successful Kerith launch in the Spring, Sarah Farley and her team are ready to go again,leading their 2nd SHINE course.
SHINE is an eight week self esteem course for women. The evenings are a mixture of Talks and discussion time, with a practical approach to learning. It's a really encouraging environment, and the evenings are a lot of fun. The course starts this Tuesday evening, and there are still some spaces available.Here's your personal invite from Sarah!Shine is about to run again and I'm excited to see what God is going to do this time round. If you haven't already heard, Shine is a course designed for women who want to live their life in abundance, the way God designed them to live it. To recognise all their worth, to grow in self-esteem, to see all their strengths and positives and ultimately live a life of purpose.We've still got a few places left so if you're interested there's more information here on the Kerith website, where you can…