Google+ 08/02/13 Listen To Paul and Be Like Timothy!

2 Timothy 2:15-17

 

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;

 

Today I am using the King James version of the Bible, as virtually every other translation uses words that do not convey the true meaning of this passage.  Paul is writing his second letter to Timothy and has been freed from prison.  Most conventional wisdom believes that Paul is probably writing to Timothy from Macedonia.  All of today's instruction comes in the area of personal conduct and relationships.  First, Paul relates one of the most fundamental characteristics that we should have as Christians.  God wants us to be tireless workers, never being ashamed of the gospel, and properly espousing the truth at all times.  Many Christians simply don't honor God, as they are simply lazy.  Please do not misunderstand what I am saying.  God is not speaking here to Timothy, through Paul, about those that physically cannot work.  God is telling Timothy about the personality traits that should be present in all that can work.  I have often told people, when they ask, that the only way I can accomplish as much for Christ as I do is because I am not afraid of working hard and long hours.  I do not have a predetermined time when I start or quit work.  I simply do what God ordains each day.  Apparently Paul experienced the same derailment that many of us do, as he gave Timothy specific instructions in this matter.  Paul says that we should stay away from profane and vain babbling.  Could Paul have been more blunt?  In other words, don't waste your time with foolish, unproductive talk.  Idle "chit-chat" apparently wasted the same amount of time in Biblical days as it does now!  Paul also tells Timothy that participating or listening to this non-productive conversation, will lead to even more of it.  Finally, Paul refers to these waste-of-time conversations as a canker that will eat away at the profitable conversation that is necessary in God's Kingdom between His people.  Hymeneus is the one that Paul delivered to Satan in 1 Timothy 1:20.  In modern day terms, both Hymeneus and Philetus were heretics that were excommunicated from the church for blaspheming God.  I am sure that Paul and Timothy  offended lots of people with their bold words and actions.  That's what happens when we are diligent workers for God.  Those that are not will become very offended and "say all manner of evil against you, falsely for God's sake."  Like Timothy, we would be wise to heed Paul's warning.   Many of us are allowing a "canker" to eat away at God's glory that is inside of each of us.  Don't let the world tell you how unproductive you should be.  Thirty years ago, homeschooling was almost unheard of in the United States.  Today, every major university in the United States has accepted homeschoolers gladly, and in many cases, given them scholarships to attend their school.  Why?  Intelligent, talented, driven children are tired of being bored.  Parents are fed up with poor, worldly education and all the wasted time in public schools today.  Paul's "canker" has eaten away, from the inside out, the Godly and productive nature of education.  Unfortunately, your workplace or your church may be experiencing the very same thing.  Don't let it happen to you.  Be diligent, hard-working, discerning members of God's family.  Avoid "babble" at all costs.  In short, listen to Paul and be like Timothy!