Friday, November 19
Follow the Instructions
2 Timothy 4:1-8think about it.
What does Paul encourage Timothy to do (4:5)? What example of endurance did Paul give his young friend (4:6-7)? What was his motivation? How well do you do with enduring, finishing, sticking to what God has asked of you? What can you do to encourage endurance in your children? In others who are part of your life?
We're in 2 Timothy today looking at a portion of a letter Paul wrote to Timothy. In 2 Timothy 4:1-8 Paul is giving instruction to Timothy about preaching the Word and making sure he understands how important this is.
These verses are good for us, too, because they also highlight the importance of the Bible and proclaiming God's Word. Now you might be thinking, But I'm not a preacher. Well, even if we're not preachers by vocation (and I'm guessing that's most of us) we still have a responsibility to spread the message of Christ, introduce people to the Bible and share Scripture with them when possible. And Paul's words in verse 7 tell me that this responsibility is for life. "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
So what does fighting the fight, finishing the race and keeping the faith look like for you? How can we take part in combating people turning away from the Truth and going after what sounds good to them (vs. 3-5)? Tami W.
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