Have you ever assembled a piece of furniture? I recently purchased a home entertainment center knowing my limited construction skills would be challenged. I’m not very skilled when it comes to building things. I’d be a natural guest for Home Improvement in what not to do! But I figured as long as I followed the excellent by-the-numbers directions and had help from my good friend Dan, I’d be fine. I worked late into the night and was quite pleased with the emerging work of art.
Dan stopped by the next morning and immediately pointed out that I’d put a key piece in backwards. I had to disassemble the wood to fix the error. Later when we tried to put the doors on I found that I’d omitted a minor step early in the directions that again disrupted the project. Day three and the job sits in the family room unfinished. Thank God for friends that know how to build!
2 Timothy 2:15--Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth.
The Apostle Paul encouraged his apprentice Timothy, to do his best in serving God. He used the word picture of a workman polished in his skills. His words serve as a reminder that when we serve God we ought to pay attention to what we are doing. Just as a piece of furniture can be incorrectly assembled and ultimately dysfunctional, so when we improperly use God’s word we can damage others and ourselves. It’s easy to be dogmatic. It takes hard work and discernment to be accurate.
Spiritual builders must have great attention to detail. We dare not misrepresent God and His word. We cannot be shoddy in the way we live our lives. Shame comes from lack of preparation and poor execution. Joy comes from knowing we followed God’s instruction carefully so that He is glorified.
Attention to detail may seem like a hassle but believe me; it sure proves worthwhile in the end. “And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:17). Something to think about . . . in reveration!
Attention is never possible without conscious effort; . . . We all have certain native interests in which we are absorbed, but attention is always an effort of will. We are held responsible by God for the culture of attention.—Oswald Chambers in The Moral Foundations of Life
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)