An approved life

Date: Thursday, October 10

Scripture2 Timothy 2:14-19

Verse: Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)

Few advertising slogans survive more than a campaign or two. I noticed the other day that Geico is poking fun at their own “15 minutes could save you 15% on your car insurance” in their latest campaign. Nike has a slogan that has been around even longer: “Just do it.” T-shirts, bumper stickers, and billboards still proclaim those three simple words. The continued popularity of the slogan is probably due to its universal appeal, not just about my sneakers, but about life in general. Many people talk about doing things, even great things. Nike says we ought to stop talking and “just do it.”

Paul’s advice to Timothy in today’s passage is similar. He refers to those who are all talk, “wrangling over words.” It’s tempting to have conversation after conversation about minutia – just listen to news or sports talk radio for a few minutes. Google any popular theologian/pastor and see how many people are writing blogs in opposition to their books. Many enjoy the debate, while doing nothing. Paul says, like the advertising execs at Nike, stop talking and “just do it.”

Our life with Christ isn’t simply something we think about, debate, or argue over. It is supposed to be lived. Stop talking and do it, live it, be it. “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him…”

Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me courage to live my faith every moment of every day. Amen.

Action: Do something today about that thing you’ve “always wanted to do” – exercise, writing, vacation, learning an instrument, etc. Stop talking and just do it.

Respond: What advertising slogan do you remember from a long time ago? (“How many licks does it take to get to the center of Tootsie Pop? The world may never know!”) Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below.
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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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2 Responses to An approved life

  1. Jennifer says:

    Where’s the beef?!

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