Scripture: 2 Timothy
Gospel preservation is at the heart of 2 Timothy. Paul pleas with Timothy and the church to consider this reality. The times were tough, and he was called by Paul to preach the Word in season and out of season. So, given his timidity, given his times, given his task, he needed to show courage in the face of censorship, apostasy, and a lack of natural fortitude.
Life is a collaborative effort. That success is due to the investment and involvement of others. People who make it in life, people who make it in leadership, have usually been encouraged by parents, helped by friends, developed by mentors, taught by teachers, or inspired by the example of others.
We must remember that Jesus promised us a safe landing, but not a smooth crossing. God has graced you with salvation and He’s going to grace you with suffering, on behalf of the one who suffered for you.
What we start here, man, will ripple light across the centuries as you teach men who teach other men who teach other men to remain faithful to the treasure of the Gospel. That begs the question of who is qualified to be entrusted with this treasure. Among man profiles, purposes, and processes we see that he is a man who is reliable, gifted, able to teach, studious and more.
In this passage we see Paul take three pictures from everyday life and he communicates to Timothy from within his world and he encourages him to endure. He encourages him through these vivid images of devotion, discipline, and diligence.
Trying times are not the times to stop trying. We need to persevere, we need to endure. One of the keys to success in life and ministry is a spirit of resoluteness, fixedness, grit, determination, and perseverance.
There are no more tragic words than a useless Christian. Because think about the implication of that phrase, a useless Christian. It speaks of a life purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ, beloved of God, and yet living for a purpose other than God’s glory and kingdom usefulness.
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