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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Live Excellently for Christ"

Date published: 09/18/2011

2 Timothy 2:15 “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” (NIV)

The exhortation of this verse should challenge how you handle the things God has entrusted to you.  Do you approach your walk with Christ any different than the responsibilities you have, your vocation, and your talents?  Most Christians would admit that their approach to walking with Christ is with far less zeal and effort than the other activities in their lives.  For example: 
Should you pursue and love Christ any less than you pursue and love your
wife?  Should you pursue your spiritual gifting any less than the talent you exercise in your vocation?  Should you pursue God’s purpose in your life
with any less vigor, diligence, and training than what you put into your
vocation?  Generally you apply your time and energy to those things that interest you.  This verse challenges you to do the same for your faith in Jesus.  Every follower of Jesus should first have a passion to better know and experience Him.  Out of this growing intimacy of relationship with Jesus you will discover how God wants to use you in His kingdom.  This knowledge of purpose entrusts you with the responsibility of handling it as an “approved workman” who “will not be ashamed” when God’s life is expressed through you.  Take where God is leading you and apply yourself to be spiritually equipped as you would in any other area of your life – gain greater understanding through spiritual truth, train yourself, dedicate the time required for God to fulfill His purpose in you, and most of all be totally sold out for what God wants for you.  God wants the same passion directed towards His kingdom work as you would apply in any other area of your life.

1 Corinthians 4:1-2 “So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God.  Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”  (NIV)





2 Timothy 2:15
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does
not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” (NIV)



 



The
exhortation of this verse should challenge how you handle the things God has
entrusted to you. Do you approach your
walk with Christ any different than the responsibilities you have, your
vocation, and your talents? Most
Christians would admit that their approach to walking with Christ is with far
less zeal and effort than the other activities in their lives. For example: 
Should you pursue and love Christ any less than you pursue and love your
wife? Should you pursue your spiritual
gifting any less than the talent you exercise in your vocation? Should you pursue God’s purpose in your life
with any less vigor, diligence, and training than what you put into your
vocation? Generally you apply your time
and energy to those things that interest you. 
This verse challenges you to do the same for your faith in Jesus. Every follower of Jesus should first have a
passion to better know and experience Him. 
Out of this growing intimacy of relationship with Jesus you will
discover how God wants to use you in His kingdom. This knowledge of purpose entrusts you with
the responsibility of handling it as an “approved workman” who “will not be
ashamed” when God’s life is expressed through you. Take where God is leading you and apply
yourself to be spiritually equipped as you would in any other area of your life
– gain greater understanding through spiritual truth, train yourself, dedicate
the time required for God to fulfill His purpose in you, and most of all be
totally sold out for what God wants for you. 
God wants the same passion directed towards His kingdom work as you
would apply in any other area of your life.



 



1 Corinthians 4:1-2 “So then, men ought to regard us as servants
of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God. Now it is required that those who have been
given a trust must prove faithful.” (NIV)