One of the benefits of reading Scripture is being blessed and encouraged by something originally written for another. Reading Paul’s second letter to Timothy spoke to me today; things originally intended for another rose off the page – and encouraged me:
KINDLE AFRESH the gift of God which is in you. 1.6
God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. 1.7
JOIN WITH ME. 1.8
Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus 2.1
The things which you have heard from me … these entrust to faithful men who will be able to tach others also. 2.2
No solder in active service entangles himself. 2.3
Be diligent … unashamed … accurate. 2.15
Self-cleansing results in honor, sanctification, usefulness, preparedness 2.21
CONTINUE in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whome you have learned them and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the sidsom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 3.14-15
Preach the word, be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with great patience and instruction. 4.2
and the clincher:
FULFILL YOUR MINISTRY. 4.5.
Wow! I’m humbled this morning. And encouraged. It’s rare when so much stands up off the page as it did with me this morning. I couldn’t stop reading! There always seemed to me one more as I read Paul’s letter to Timothy.
God has plans for me. Mine is to stay obedient, faithful and optimistic in Him while He works. It will be exciting to see what He has in mind
Lord, THANKS for your Word! Always alive, always there for us!