WE NEED FAITHFULNESS (2 Timothy – 3)
READ: 2 Timothy 1:13-18
Paul started off his final correspondence to his son Timothy reminding him of the importance of keeping his zeal and courage for ministry. He adds a third necessary quality next: faithfulness. First, he exhorts timothy to have courage (2 Timothy 1:8-12) and now he exhorts him to faithfully guard the gospel (2 Timothy 1:13-18). “Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us” (2 Timothy 1:14).
“Guard” is a banking term. Much money was given to the goddess Artemis in Ephesus where Timothy ministered, and it was carefully guarded to keep it safe. That’s the picture Paul uses to remind Timothy of what he is to go with the good news of the Gospel of Jesus, which is even more precious than any amount of money.
Unfortunately, not everyone who once spread the truth continued to do so. Because of opposition and dangers, many had deserted their service to God and Paul, and Paul is alone, abandoned by others (verse 15). That’s why it’s so important for God’s servants to stay faithful.
Many deserted Paul and the gospel, but a few could still be depended on by Paul and by God (verses 16-18). Onesiphorus was such a one. He had stayed faithful to the message and to Paul. How valuable a trustworthy friend is, a fellow laborer for Jesus who can be counted on no matter what! You need men like that in your life. And you need to be that kind of man to others around you.
PAUL’S ADVICE: Stay faithful to God and those who serve Him.
Proverbs 18:24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Romans 12:10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
Who are those you can count on no matter what, who will support and help you whatever happens? Thank God for them.
Who in the ministry can count on your support when going through difficulties?
Is anyone you know facing hard times? Reach out to them today to encourage and support them.
cto Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
(India Outreach, Spiritual Warfare, Family Ministries, Counseling, World View)
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