Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (KJV)
-2nd Timothy 2:15
While handing over his apostleship to the young Timothy, Paul tells him [Timothy] to do his best to present himself to God as one approved and without shame. In other words, Paul simply says that Timothy should live without guilt of conscience to be approved, tested and avoid shame.
The scripture tells us that Timothy was expected to diligently endeavor in his actions, without haste or negligence. He would then be able to appear without shame to both men [who he was to serve] and God for approval. This therefore takes us back to the former piece of honoring the cost of freedom and henceforth living like we mean it.
Recently, I had a discussion with one of my best friend on living like we mean it. The discussion led to a conclusion that for us to be tested and stand trials, we must shun from pursuing unprofitable things and live like we mean it. Striking a balance between what is right and what is necessary therefore remains a very crucial thing for us all.
The genesis of it all traces back to understanding what God is up to in our lives.
For the last few weeks, I have been observing how people, particularly my fellow students in college, end up losing hope shortly after joining campus. Most of them end up settling for whichever grade they will get at the end of their degree as long as they find themselves in the graduation list. This is strongly backed up with an excuse that they are in the wrong field [somewhat true]. This shows signs of a defeated generation.
At times we strive but the disposition last for a while. We err but we have to correct our erroneous act as soon as we realize our errors. God’s original intent from creation was to give humankind the best life, life without shame and always standing tests to gain approval. Were we to be sincere in our past or present experiences, we would most likely find ourselves in circumstances that we didn’t do our best and concluded they weren’t meant for us from the very beginning when we fail to gain approval from within us and from friends.
We have to do our best when we got chance. If we fail after trying, then we could conclude that it wasn’t meant for us. We are to handle all our endeavors with the discipline they require. Leaving all entanglements, excuses and defeat.
While we can confirm that not everyone is gifted to handle a particular task equally as another would, it’s all reasonable to give it the best concentration before giving in.
These were the words from my friend;
“Francis, you got the best chance to graduate with a better class honor right now. It doesn’t matter whether you will join a graduate school for masters thereafter or not. It doesn’t make any sense to graduate with a class that will not open opportunities in your life. First class honor and second class honors are not exclusive to only those willing to pursue higher education. What would you do if you happen to graduate with a lower class that denies you entry to a graduate school and realize that you need to study and you have every resource to do it but you simply can’t?”
This got me thinking hard.
Approval of fellow men is also honorable. Sometimes, we do things not because they were designed to be done in that particular manner, but because the environment in which we stand requires motivates us to be different.
When we fail to do what we had a chance to do when time allowed us, we should not always feel offended when our friends and colleagues question our ability. This means we have been tried, tested and fail to gain approval from our fellow men. Have we gained God’s approval at such a time?