Executing the Truth
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
~ 2 Timothy 2:15
Depending on the complexity of a person’s last will and testament, the duties of the 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 this personal representative 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 else who may be affected by the content 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!
In 2 Timothy 2:15, Paul reminds Timothy that he has a similar responsibility in his role as one who spreads the truth of God. In a sense, Timothy is an “executor” of the gospel, responsible to a much higher Judge for handling the “word of truth” carefully. 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 faithful workman would, handling the word carefully.
The Scriptures contain God’s desires for the human race, much as a will contains specific desires for certain individuals. 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.
If the task of executor is important in the disposition of worldly goods, how much more critical is that of 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!
Father, thank you for entrusting your words of truth to me; may I “execute” this truth correctly as I share it with others in word and in deed. Amen.
~ Ken Boa
Dr. Boa is devoted to a ministry of relational evangelism and discipleship, teaching, writing, and speaking. He holds a B.S. in astronomy from Case Institute of Technology, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a Ph.D. from New York University, and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in England.