Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 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. Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”
– 2 Timothy 2:14-19
“If you cannot express yourself well on each of your beliefs, work and study until you can. If you don’t, other people may miss out on the blessings that come from knowing the truth. Strive to re-express a truth of God to yourself clearly and understandably, and God will use that same explanation when you share it with someone else. But you must be willing to go through God’s winepress where the grapes are crushed. You must struggle, experiment, and rehearse your words to express God’s truth clearly. Then the time will come when that very expression will become God’s wine of strength to someone else. But if you are not diligent and say, “I’m not going to study and struggle to express this truth in my own words; I’ll just borrow my words from someone else,” then the words will be of no value to you or to others. Try to state to yourself what you believe to be the absolute truth of God, and you will be allowing God the opportunity to pass it on through you to someone else.”
– Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
In the Scripture today, the Apostle Paul is giving Timothy some ground rules. Near the top of the list is to be bold in sharing the Truth. I have used this message as my theme and included it in the ‘what to do’ in many other posts. We need to know our story. We need to understand our story. We need to tell our story.
For those old enough to understand the phrase, it sounds like a broken record, doesn’t it?
But then you read the works of great preachers of the past, and what do you find them repeating? Go tell your story.
Jesus, through the Great Commission, commands that we all do it, even to the ends of the earth. Chambers’ first statement says that if YOU do not tell someone your story, they might not know the blessings of truth. That should act as motivation.
This is a short reminder. When you tell your story enough, it gets easier. Only the first 200 times are tough. Just kidding. For most people, it’s a lot less than that.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.