Archive for March 2nd, 2011

2 Timothy 1

2 Timothy 1 is Paul’s second letter to his young disciple and preacher – his spiritual son Timothy.  We see a very important reality here about Timothy – that of his spiritual heritage.  Scripture records it this way: “a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well”.  Grandmother, mother and now son – faith that was taught and caught from generation to generation.  Timothy comes from a spiritual foundation.  His life is based on a legacy that was carefully protected and lived out in front of him.  Never doubt that you have a significant impact on those in your patch – particularly your kids.  Every one of us leaves a legacy – whether it is intentional or not.  We all leave one – and the only question is whether it will happen by chance or intention.  I am convinced that we all need to make the choice to be intentional about our legacy and the spiritual aspect of that is one of the main parts of that legacy that truly matters.  Never forget that how we live makes a big difference on the lives of those in our patch.  Often we think the choices we make aren’t really that important – but they are extremely important when viewed with the impact on legacy that each choice can have. 

Paul exhorts Timothy to “fan into flame the gift of God”.  Our walk with Jesus shouldn’t be something others can’t see.  It should be a fire that burns within us that others can see – that we are continually making into a bigger flame.  Paul goes on to challenge us to share our faith.  “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control….. do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord….. share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling…..not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace”.  Paul reminds us that God didn’t create us to be quiet about our relationship with Him.  We should not be afraid to live our live with Jesus in public.  If we are truly a believer our life should be marked by power and love and self-control.  We should not be ashamed to let others know – in fact we should be living in a way they can’t miss the fact we are Christ Followers.  We should be living out our holy calling and our works should point to Jesus.  Does that describe your life?  Are you suffering for the gospel by the power of God?  Do those in your patch know that Jesus is your Lord?  If not, we need to ask why.  Because we have all we need to walk for Him moment by moment.  We are equipped!

Paul goes on to challenge us further and set the example of how we should live.  “I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me…. guard the good deposit entrusted to you”.  Have you considered the truth that failure to live life openly and share the gospel to those around us is shame?  If we know whom we have believed – we should certainly not be shy about sharing that.  He is worthy of our testimony.  We have plenty to talk about as a Christ Follower – He has made huge impact in our life – and is more than able to guard what He has planted in us.  Our role is to guard what He has put in us – to live our lives in a way that oozes with Jesus moment by moment so everyone around us knows that we are His.  We have been given the biggest blessing possible – a gift of grace and mercy that cannot be measured.  So it shouldn’t be all that difficult to share it with others we are in contact with.  Right?  Are you living all out for Jesus?  If not, what are you fearful off?  That people won’t listen, or like you, or you might have to defend your faith?  God will provide the power and the words and the protection and the love.  All He wants from you and me is a willingness to truly be His and let others know that we are.  Time to shout it from the mountaintops!

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