"Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them, that thy profiting may
appear to all" (1 Timothy 4:15)
This is, practically, a promise that, by diligent meditation and the giving up of our
whole mind to our work for the Lord we shall make a progress which all can see. Not by
hasty reading but by deep meditation we profit by the Word of God. Not by doing a great
deal of work in a slovenly manner, but by giving our best thought to what we attempt, we
shall get real profit. "In all labor there is profit" but not in fuss and hurry
without true heart-energy.
If we divide ourselves between God and mammon, or Christ and self, we shall make no
progress. We must give ourselves wholly to holy things, or else we shall be poor traders
in heavenly business, and at our stocktaking no profit will be shown.
Am I a minister? Let me be a minister wholly and not spend my energies upon secondary
concerns. What have I to do with party politics or vain amusements? Am I a Christian? Let
me make my service of Jesus my occupation, my lifework, my one pursuit. We must be
in-and-in with Jesus, and then out-and-out for Jesus, or else we shall make neither
progress nor profit, and neither the church nor the world will feel the forceful influence
which the Lord would have us exercise.