Saturday, July 11th
Today we are looking at the instructions Paul gave to Timothy in 2 Timothy 1. Instructions are detailed information telling how something should be done, operated, or assembled. As a stereotypical guy I rarely read instructions because, like most of us, we like to figure things out on our own. To be honest, most of the time, I’m pretty good at getting to the right place without asking for help or putting things together without reading the instructions. There are times though when I end up getting lost without the instructions. We can just go through our Christian lives figuring out things as we go along and most of the time thinking we have it right but end up getting lost along the way when it comes to the gospel and what we are to do with it. Paul wanted to make sure that Timothy was on the right path, so he gave him some specific instructions to follow.
Paul instructs Timothy to not be ashamed of the gospel. Are you sharing the gospel with those around you (family, friends and neighbours) or are you ashamed that people will know you’re saved? Are you afraid of speaking the truth of what the Bible says?
Timothy is to suffer for the gospel. The values in the world we live in are changing and there are many who claim that the church must accept and adapt to those changes. This makes it just as important for us to follow these instructions. Even though we don’t yet suffer as Christians in Canada, difficult times are coming because of the changes in society. Are you willing to suffer for the gospel?
Timothy is to guard the treasure that has been entrusted to him through the Holy Spirit. When you hear someone share a verse from the Bible you’ve never heard explained in the way they are explaining it, do you search the scriptures for yourself? Do you call what is sin, sin? Do you have a Timothy in your life that you training up to guard the treasure?
Timothy is to retain the standard of sound words which he heard from Paul. There are others who call themselves Christians on tv, the radio and the internet water down the gospel and change so that it suits the people they are speaking to. They don’t like to retain the standard of sound words of the gospel message because they won’t be popular. Are you careful to retain the standard of sound words of the gospel even if it doesn’t make you well liked?
Paul reminds Timothy to kindle afresh or rekindle God’s gift in him. How is your walk with the Lord? Do you have a passion for the gospel?