II Timothy 2:8-15 (NIV)

As we make our journey through life there are people that we seek to please.  Part of this is because we have people in our lives who are significant to us.  We want approval from family, friends, church friends, etc.  From time to time we might think about all of these people in our lives from whom we want approval.  Why do we seek or think we need this approval?  Who are these people and what are they expecting from us?  Are these good, right, and faithful expectations?  Is this a healthy desire for approval?  Or are we seeking approval from the wrong people and places?

In this passage, Paul uses a trustworthy saying, to instruct us to remain faithful to Jesus Christ.  Then he reminds us to seek God’s approval. “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” (II Tim. 2:15).

Above all we are servants of Jesus Christ.  When we think, do, and say what Jesus teaches we live as an approved worker or servant of Christ Jesus.  Today, and every day, may all we say and do be approved by God.