Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
Make every effort to present yourself before God as a proven worker who does not need to be ashamed, teaching the message of truth accurately. But avoid profane chatter, because those occupied with it will stray further and further into ungodliness,(…) 2 Timothy 2.15-16
The Christian life is a deliberate one. It is also not an easy one. Paul writes to Timothy to make every effort. This is not a picture of being laid back and letting come what may. We have to be diligent in our lives to be what God wants. It does not come by instinct. We must teach the truth accurately. If we never read and study the Bible, it will not happen.
Paul also gives a warning: avoid profane chatter. What do you spend most of your time talking about? Is it politics? Is it books? Is it general gossip? Be careful. Paul warns that if we spend our time in profane chatter, we will stray further and further into ungodliness, exactly where we should not want to go.
Our message should be the gospel. So many are lost and wandering, looking for something to give meaning and hope to their lives. We have what they need. Are you sharing it?