Intro: The integrity of our words is a big deal with God, because we are reflections of Him and His Word. In Christ, we are called to be the living gospel. When we say we are going to do something, God expects us to follow-through reflecting His character. God is faithful to His Word and we must be faithful to our word, because we belong to Christ. God knows His children, because we turn from evil (v.19). We have no right to change God’s Word [falsely interpret] simply because we want it to read a certain way in order to please our flesh. We must be workers or ministers of the gospel who seek to live a life that pleases God. Never forget, it is God’s will that we bear abundant righteous spiritual fruit with our words and actions (Gal 5:22-23).
In our passage this morning, the Apostle Paul is sharing a lesson with Timothy about staying true to the gospel teaching of Christ. Timothy is to remain faithful in what he shares with others in Jesus’ name. During this time, as is the case today, teachers of false doctrine were using their words to steer people in a wrong spiritual direction. They were people pleasers and the people where living ungodly lives as a result. Paul knew this was going on so he instructed Timothy to interpret the Word as Christ revealed throughout His life as He lead God’s people into godliness—abundant Truth.
As Christians, why is what we say such a big deal? Because we will give an account to the Lord on the day of judgment for our careless or fruitless words (Mat 12:36). This is not just for pastors or teachers, my friends. This passage is a reminder for us as Christians to use every word we speak in a way that reflects and glorifies God. Have a blessed weekend!
2 Timothy 2:15-19 NLT An Approved Worker
15 Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth. 16 Avoid worthless, foolish talk that only leads to more godless behavior. 17 This kind of talk spreads like cancer, as in the case of Hymenaeus and Philetus. 18 They have left the path of truth, claiming that the resurrection of the dead has already occurred; in this way, they have turned some people away from the faith.
19 But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and “All who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil.”
Prayer: Lord, thank you for helping us learn the Truth each day about the importance of reflecting you properly. May you have your way in our hearts, today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.