The Rule

Larry Favor

2 Timothy 2:15

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of God.

I’m in the building business. I once “courted” a very successful prospective client who was planning to build a home. I had been referred by the architect. The client trusted my references, my price was right, and he was very impressed as I walked him through several completed projects.

As we got out of my car and were shaking hands, confirming the agreement, he glanced at my backseat and noticed my Bible. He dropped my hand, turned on his heel, and said as he strode away, “We definitely can’t work together if you read that book.”

This project would have anchored my business for at least a year, providing several million dollars in cash flow during our desperate construction cycle. I am a working man “who does not need to be ashamed.” It was a troubling conclusion to what had appeared to be a gift from the Lord.

Following the above verse, Paul continues to teach and strengthen Timothy. Paul and I were similarly deserted in our own way. However, through his experience and teachings to Timothy, I am inspired to be faithful, to be strong, to endure… competing as an athlete who does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules. (See 2 Timothy 2:5)

As Christians in the marketplace, our rule is never changing: Thy will be done. (Matthew 6:10) The second book of Timothy is inspired writing for people just like us, who battle in the marketplace on a daily basis — fully equipped and trusting “the rule.”

TAKE THE CHALLENGE: Sit quietly and ask the Lord to clarify those situations in your life that appear so troubling. Listen.