THURSDAY : 7th June, 2018
Reference text: 2 Timothy 2:8-15
2 Timothy 2:14 Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.
There was an easy way of identifying the professional careers people were most likely to be involved in by looking at their actions and likes. Hence, many individuals interested in the wellbeing of others were perceived as future health professionals, while those interested in protection were drafted into law enforcement.
However, it was the criteria for identifying lawyers which was rather interesting: Anyone who enjoyed arguing was seen as a potential lawyer-material. Thus, the better you were at winning arguments, the better chance you had of being a good lawyer. Though this could have an element of truth, Paul writes to Timothy asking him to remind the believers of the fruitlessness of arguments.
We find ourselves in a time where we are likely to be in the company of those who often have differing opinions from us about the same issue. In such cases, the first option is to talk the first and the loudest in our attempt to make our case acceptable. But in doing so, we are likely to end up sowing discord especially when each of the parties involved have their fan base – the disagreement can thus spread very easily to others also. That is an example of the ruining Paul mentions.
Even in our Evangelisation, we can very easily digress into merely seeking to prove which of us is more correct, especially when our message and our God is questioned. Do we then proceed to winning the argument because that will further boost our ego and give us one point in the bag or will we focus on winning a soul? That is something to look ponder on.
Remember # there is no use winning an argument if in the process of doing so, you lose a soul