An Approved Worker
Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed
and who correctly explains the word of truth. Avoid worthless, foolish talk that only leads to more godless behavior.
This kind of talk spreads like cancer, as in the case of Hymenaeus and Philetus. They have left the path of truth, claiming
that the resurrection of the dead has already occurred; in this way, they have turned some people away from the faith.
But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and “All who
belong to the Lord must turn away from evil.”
In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are
used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special
utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.
Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy
the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.
Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. A servant of the Lord must not
quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. Gently instruct those who
oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. Then they will come to their
senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.