Read 2 Timothy 2:14-26
It’s scary sometimes — using words to represent Jesus. Using words to exemplify The Word Himself.
“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” (v15).
It’s a privilege, indeed. But it could get scary if I lose sight of the purpose for my words. If I let up on the focus of Him whose words created life. Calmed storms. Made me His. Because those words, His Word, Jesus Christ, stand firm no matter what. As long as my words point to His, I have nothing to fear.
Some will malign the truth with their words. They will distract us from what is real, from the one God who stands firm. They are the ignobly purposed articles in the house. The ones who speak falsely. They don’t look to God for His truth, but speak only what they think and for their own purposes and their own fame.
Words are powerful tools. They can serve the one real Commander or they can denigrate His truth. Words spoken in anger. Quarrels. Arrogant words. Pride-filled talk.
Yes, words are powerful tools.
But the Word, God Himself, is most powerful. That’s why Paul reminded Timothy to stay true to the Word.
If we are not careful, we will find ourselves among the ranks of those ignoble home articles. The ones that only serve to clutter up the house.
That’s why Paul wrote these words to his spiritually grown son. It’s why he told him to call on the Lord with a pure heart. To avoid stupid arguments. He wanted Timothy to remain focused on the task at hand. To lead people to the one true Word. To instruct his fellow believers in presenting themselves as good soldiers, approved by the commander Himself.
It applies to us today, too. Our words, whether reckless or intentional, matter. But the good soldier of Christ is careful to use them only as God would intend. She is careful to avoid useless, denigrating quarrels and arguments and complaining and falsehoods.
The good soldier of Christ remembers that the words he uses represent the Word Himself.
How will you use your words today?