Archive for March 3rd, 2011

2 Timothy 2

2 Timothy 2 reminds us to “be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus”.  Do you remember that there is power in the relationship we have with Christ as a believer?  Sometimes we come into a personal relationship with Him and then get sucked back into the activity of life and the world and forget that He lives in us – that His strength and grace is still upon us.  We are not living on our own steam if we are truly living as a Christ follower.  We are living under the power of God Himself alive in us.  That is a very different power source. 

Paul reminds Timothy that he has a mission: “what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also”.  This is the core of discipleship.  We are to learn and experience Christ and then pass that on to another who can do the same.  It is the concept of spiritual multiplication.  That is how Jesus created His ministry.  He selected 12 men to invest in with the plan that they would then take the gospel to all the world.  Think about it – if you share with one who then shares with one and on it goes – the math says that in less than half a decade that multiplication would have the entire world know Jesus.  Multiplication is a powerful way to spread the truth.  It is like compound interest – it keeps on growing and soon becomes very large.  Of course, if only one of us fails to multiply and spread what we know to another – it cuts the output in half.  And if most of us do nothing – there is no multiplication and barely any addition.  That is the unfortunate state of the church today.  At best it is a slight addition but in many cases it is subtraction as people leave faster than they are brought in.  We need to get back to the basics of God’s plan here.  Life on life – sharing truth and living large for Jesus – that others will do the same and lead others.

Paul then gives us a few if/then statements about Jesus we should consider:

–       “If we have died with him, we will also live with him

–       if we endure, we will also reign with him

–       if we deny him, he also will deny us

–       if we are faithless, he remains faithful

Scripture is full of places we see that how we live matters.  But few are as obvious as these sort of if/then statements.  If we do things one way – good things happen.  If we choose to do them another – not so much.  Paul clarifies them for Timothy and us here – the big rocks of life.  We need to give our life to Jesus.  We need to endure through the tough times.  We need to proclaim Him as our Savior.  We need to be faithful to Him even when we struggle with our faith.  Do you see the power of living for Christ here – and what we are promised as a fantastic outcome of walking faithfully with Him.  Life, reigning, claiming, faithfulness – we have every reason to live life for Jesus!

Paul also shares a very important lesson in how we must handle God’s Word.  ”Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth”.  How can we rightly handle God’s Word?  We have to be in it daily and study it and understand what He has written to us.  So many Christ Followers try to walk through life without ever reading the handbook for how we are to live.  We think that attending an hour on Sunday morning will give us what we need to know.  But if we truly want to be approved by God – we have to intimately know what He has written.  It has been given to us to guide our lives – it is our operators manual for how life should happen.  We can’t possibly follow it if we don’t know what it says.  And that can only happen if we are serious about hearing, reading, studying, memorizing and meditating on it.  Paul makes an example out of “Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have swerved from the truth….upsetting the faith of some”.  The reality is that when we fail to get into God’s Word – it not only robs us of the opportunity to know how to live but can cause us to upset others and lead them astray from God’s desires.  It is so important for us to get into God’s Word and know it.  Is that your daily habit?  Are you truly a scholar of God’s letter to you?  If not – today is the day to dive in.  There are so many good resources to help you learn.  All it takes is a desire and willingness to dig in!

%d bloggers like this: