Executing the Truth


If you are a believer, God has named you to share his good news with the rest of the world. Do your best to be approved!

2 Timothy 2:15

Depending on the complexity of a person’s last will and testament, the duties of the will’s executor can be significant. The wheels begin turning when the executor receives in the mail the “Letters Testamentary” from the probate court or other judicial authority. This document empowers the executor with appropriate authority to carry out the last wishes of the deceased. Because he answers to the judge, the executor should be prepared for a serious investment of time and energy.

Next to the probate court judge, who do you think traditionally keeps the closest eye on the work of the executor? Without question, it is the heirs or anyone who is affected by the contents of the will. The executor stands as the link—for good or for ill—between the desires of the deceased and the fortunes of the living. Nothing like being in a family’s spotlight to make you read and act carefully!

Paul reminds Timothy of a similar responsibility in his role as a purveyor of the truth of God. Interestingly, we call the record of the giving and explanation of the gospel of Jesus Christ the “new testament.” Those who study the content of this testament, and share with others the “good news” contained in it, are acting much as an executor would. But Paul wants Timothy to know that this is not a task to be taken lightly. Timothy must “do [his] best,”  to seek God’s approval in his work. In fact, he must labor at his task as a workman would, handling the content of the testament in such a way that he is not ashamed when it is read and explained.

The Scriptures contain God’s desires for the human race, much as a will contains specific desires for certain individuals. If the task of executor is important because of the disposition of worldly goods, how much more critical is being an executor of the word of truth—when eternal souls are at stake? If you are a believer, God has named you to share his good news with the rest of the world. Do your best to be approved!

God’s Promise to You: “I have entrusted my words of truth to you.”


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