“Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely…” (1 Timothy 4:15-16)
Paul writes here to his young coworker Timothy in the days of the early Christian church. Timothy was assigned to minister to the church in Ephesus in Paul’s absence – specifically to combat against skewed doctrine coming from false teachers amongst the congregation. This wasn’t an easy task for a young minister in a church riddled with issues.
Paul instructs Timothy to be diligent in reading Scripture, encouraging others, teaching, and not neglecting the gifts that he’d been given. This isn’t just for pastors, scholars or elders in the church. This is for everyone! As followers of Christ, just like Timothy, we are called to make progress – to get in the game and move the ball down the field. By the end of our days here on earth we want to be able say to we finished strong and gave ourselves wholly to the works that God had prepared for us to do. As we devote ourselves to studying Scripture, teaching others, and operating in our gifts we are worshipping and honoring our Creator.
When we fully engage with God, when we give our whole hearts and every area of our lives, we don’t just “worship” during a service, we live a lifestyle of worship. He’s uniquely wired us with gifts and talents to further His Kingdom. Whatever we do, we do it to honor God and to show Him that we love Him. When we live this way, we’ll never stop growing.
Prayer: Father, I praise You for the way You have uniquely created me for works already prepared for me to do here on earth. Help me in my desire to constantly make progress and worship You in every area of my life. Amen.