April 23, 2016

I Commit to Discipleship

2 Timothy 2:14-18

As a child, were you ever called into the principal’s office for a disciplinary reason? I don’t like to think about it, but it happened to me. Maybe instead of a trip to the principal’s office, you received an “improper conduct” mark in your folder. In these cases, we were caught doing something wrong and needed correction.

In today’s scripture, Paul gave “improper conduct” marks to two individuals. How would you feel if you had been called out like that?

Paul warns us of improper conduct for Christ-followers, mostly involving the words that come out of our mouths. Paul says our “godless words” (quarreling, foolish conversations, gossip, false teachings, lies) are a poisonous and harmful infection, so bad it needs to be cut out so it will not spread further.

Paul may not have called us out by name, but God does. He knows our thoughts, hears our words, and sees all of our actions.

Instead, God would rather see his son and Holy Spirit working effectively in our lives. Then you will be able to “present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed.” Remember, not only is God watching and listening, so are others around you. Your words and actions are your testimony. Make them count for Christ.