Find Rest in Giving Your Best

Opening Prayer:

God, thank You for the word of truth. Help me not feel overwhelmed or under-qualified when reading Your word because You have determined my best is enough.

 

Read: 2 Timothy 2:15 NIV

“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.”

 

Reflect:

The verse above is one I have read and given much thought to over the years. My take away from this verse has always been that I should correctly handle the Bible and therefore I begin thinking about ways to interpret scripture. Despite significant thought being given to the latter half of the verse I have paid very little attention to the first part, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved”. After some reflection it’s clear to me the first part of the verse is at least as important as the second. Imagine for a moment you are taking a test. The two questions you would ask are 1. “What kind of test am I taking?” and 2. “How well do I need to do to pass?”. In the verse above Paul lays out the test, “correctly handle the word of truth”, and shares how well we need to do to pass, “Do your best”. Notice that it doesn’t say you must understand the bible from cover to cover, but to give your best effort in understanding it. God doesn’t expect us to get 100%. As someone who doesn’t always correctly handle the word of truth, I find tremendous encouragement and comfort in Paul’s admonition to “DO YOUR BEST”. We often feel that because we don’t perfectly understand scripture we can’t be used by God. Fortunately for us, the Bible is full of people who fell short and yet God used their “best” and not their “perfection” to change the course of history and ultimately affect eternity. Trust that just as God has used imperfect people in the past He is more than able to continue to do so in the present.

 

Apply:

God calls us to correctly handle the word of truth.  In order to correctly handle the word of truth we must consistently apply ourselves to the reading of scripture. Though the scriptures can be intimidating, we do not need to fear misunderstanding or misinterpretation as God calls us to “Do your best”.

 

Closing Prayer:

Dear God, thank You for not requiring perfection, but participation in the reading and understanding of the scriptures. Help me to give my absolute best in this area and when my best is not enough, that I would find rest.

 

Terry Schneider