Read 2 Timothy 2:14-26.

When Paul wrote his final letter to Timothy—perhaps his final letter to anyone—he was concerned about passing the Truth to the next generation. He writes, “Keep reminding God’s people of these things” (2 Timothy 2:14).

What things did Paul have in mind? Biblical Truth. Paul understood that Satan is committed to obliterating the Truth of God’s Word and replacing it with falsehood. Therefore, each one of us must be “a worker who . . . correctly handles the word of truth” (v. 15). We must be faithful in all we do, uphold the Truth in what we say, and obey the Lord in every way.

Here, Paul gives Timothy another set of word pictures to help him remember how to honor Christ and lead His people.

First, Paul tells Timothy he must be like a worker who does his “best to present [himself] to God as one approved” (2:15). A good worker is never ashamed of what he is doing because his mind and heart are attentive to his master’s desires. As we work for the Lord, we must not be concerned with the opinions of other people, but only with the opinion of our Master. Loving others can never lead us to compromise the integrity of God’s Word.

Second, Paul describes the home of a wealthy person, where “there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay” (v. 20). The owner of the house puts some of his vessels out on display for all to see, but the rusty tools and dirty buckets are kept out of sight. Those who speak the Truth, uphold the Truth, and live out the Truth are instruments of honor, but those who modify the Truth and water it down are instruments of dishonor.

Lastly, Paul urges Timothy to be God’s obedient servant (see v. 24). Satan is forever trying to divide our loyalty, to have us offer partial obedience. But it is impossible to serve God part-way or to serve the Lord and something else. That’s not loyalty at all; that’s compromise. We must stand strong, not only for ourselves, but also for others, that we might together avoid Satan’s traps.

God has entrusted His people with the Truth of His Word, and it is our job to pass it on to the next generation of believers. Our marching orders in this mission are clear: Never give up.

Prayer: God, may I live faithfully for You, seeking to please You above all and holding firmly to Your teaching. May my life serve to encourage others to do the same. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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