Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, as a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
Paul exhorts Timothy to remember Jesus Christ raised from the dead. Paul is in chains for this gospel, but the word of God cannot be chained.
If we die with Christ, we will rise with Him. If we endure we will reign with Him.
Timothy must do his best to present himself to God as one approved.
Paul tells Timothy to do his best to present Himself to God as one approved. He needs to do the best that he can to serve Christ with the gifts and resources he has.
When we decide to follow Christ we commit ourselves to serving Him in all parts of our lives.
The specifics of what that looks like vary from person to person depending on the task to which God assigns us. There are some common factors though. The one approved by God will be someone who
lives a life that reflects Christ’s character
seeks to serve Christ at every opportunity
lives in the community of faithful christians
knows God’s word through meditation on it.
knows the voice of the shepherd through regular communion with Him.
Lord, show me how to be faithful in every part of my life. Amen.