“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
A couple of weeks ago, I was in a Christian Teacher’s conference in which an activity involved cutting a thread 168 inches long to denote 168 hours in a week. The task was to work out an average Christian’s time schedule of his daily activities per week and make marks at different lengths on the thread equivalent to the number of hours for that activity. The sad reality is that all the teams had assessed a similar time with an average of 3-4 hours per week for the time spent with God be it Prayer, Bible reading or quiet time and to our painful self-realisation that was the shortest marking on the thread. What a pity! Screen time greatly outweighs Prayer time and of course any other activity also for that matter. Where was our first love to the dear Lord who bore such agonising pain hanging on the cross for long hours till every single drop of blood was drained, gone? Have we become so numb to His love or have become too busy to even think about His love? I am sure all of us have gone or would be going through a phase of writing entrance examinations, facing interviews, presenting in important meetings to have our proposals approved and so on. We can well recollect the way we work to the finest detail with utmost effort and the preparedness to be approved. If we take caution to present ourselves with neatness, carefully dressed and with etiquettes maintained to be approved by a human boss, how much more are we to present ourselves before the Lord God who sees not only the outward appearance but also what is inside. The verse we are meditating upon for this month reminds us to present ourselves diligently in a manner that we will be approved by the Lord. We are called to present ourselves as living sacrifices pure and holy to the Lord. Comparing ourselves with the offerings of Cain and Abel, what sort of an offering are we? Are we pure, fresh, uncontaminated sacrifices giving ourselves wholly to the Lord or are we giving only a part of us as a ritual to the Lord? The second part of the verse says we need to be presenting ourselves as those who would not be ashamed before the Lord. This may demand us to go through a lot more troubles and burdens. We may be tempted to take shortcuts or to please people, yet we need to stand for what is right by – keeping up to God’s moral standards as workers who reflect His likeness. All these require spending time with God and His word.
My dear friends in Christ as we begin yet another new month, may we have Preparedness to do our best to the Lord, Perfection in meeting God’s standards and Perseverance to endure executing the word of truth. May we make a decision today and start exercising our spiritual muscles?
How many hours of your 168 hours belong to the Lord?