Is This My Best?

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

II Timothy 2:15, ESV

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure

Philippians 2:12-13, ESV

 

We've all been asked this question, whether it was after cleaning our room when we were little, or going over our homework with our teacher when we were a bit older, or when explaining the work we had done to our boss or client when we were older still: "Is this your best?"

 

Now if someone has asked this question in the first place, it's probably because they have reason to suspect that we have not done our best work. In fact, there are probably few people who ever like to hear this question asked, because they have a sneaky suspicion of what the person asking the question really means - that we have not done a very good job. So the solution to avoiding this question by others, be it for cleaning our rooms, or doing our homework, or working on a job that needs to be done well, is to ask ourselves the question first.

 

Now, think about this: We will all appear in the Judgment to answer this very question. The big difference is that it will not be a parent, teacher, or boss who is asking the question, but God Himself! So, doesn't it behoove us all to answer that question before that time of judgment? How are we doing? Are we working out our salvation, on God's term, with fear and trembling? Are we doing our best to present ourselves to Him as one approved? If not, now would be a good time to fix any shortcomings we have while there is still time to do so.

 

Are you doing your best?