Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15 ESV)
I teeter between devotion that fuels me forward for a while, followed by despair that my efforts didn’t take me further.
Do my best.
I don’t need to be a full-time missionary, have gone to seminary, or homeschool my kids to be approved.
I am only to do my best. Right here. Right now.
God doesn’t expect me to be something I am not called to be. He only wants me to do my best—not someone else’s best—right where He has placed me.
Present myself to God.
What great and glorious grace I have been given! Thousands upon thousands of mercies He has extended me.
Oh, how I want to give all of me to thank Him!
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice – the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. (Romans 12:1 NLT)
Every day—every moment—is an offering to Him.
Rightly handle the Word.
His Word is living. His Word is active. My bread and water for each day—an abundant source of life.
Read it. Study it. Know it.
These are the prerequisites to handling it rightly.
The longing for approval.
I long for approval—to hear those words: “Well done.”
So, I will do my best right where He has called me. I will live each moment as an offering of thanks. I will strive to know and understand His Word which will guide the way forward.
I will be approved.