15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

I recall thirty years ago in Air Force basic training all the inspections our Training Instructor conducted. Every little detail on the uniform was perfect. Shoes were spit shined. No facial hair. There was a method to their madness because they wanted to make sure we were all uniform in our learning. They didn’t care about the shine on the boots. They were concerned with us obeying their simple instructions. We presented ourselves to our instructor so that six weeks later he could present us to his superiors in a formal parade.

Similarly, we are in training now every day as we wait for that Blessed Hope. What we do here on earth matters. We should not be ashamed of what we have accomplished if we’ve “correctly handled the word of truth.” What does that mean? Simply put, have we been faithful? Have we sought the Lord in everything we’ve done? Have we leaned on Him in our darkest hour?

Going back to the Air Force story. Because we prepared for Parade Day by doing what we did every day, Parade Day came without a single glitch. It was a mere formality.

As we prepare for the Day of His Appearing, let us live for His glory, doing the things we already know He wants us to do.

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