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Audience of One

2 Timothy 2:15 – Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

To be diligent is to have or show care and conscientiousness in one’s work or duties. To do what you do well and thoroughly. Paul urges Timothy to be diligent unto God. 

Timothy’s goal was not to present himself to the approval of people, but to God. His job as a pastor was not to be seen as a popularity contest, but instead, as a call to faithfulness to God.  Paul also reminds Timothy, that his work should not cause him to be ashamed or embarrassed. The Bible warns us that the work of each Christian will be examined at the judgment seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10). Timothy was to work diligently, knowing that his work will one day be examined. 

A disciple is to be diligent. As disciples, we work to please God, our audience of One. Our work and service are to be thorough, aiming for approval from God, knowing that our work will one day be examined. Why do you do what you do – is pleasing God truly your aim or is pleasing people the focus?

Lord may I grow to please you more each day, I pray. 

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