What I read today;
2 Timothy 1; Luke 22; Isaiah 64; Psalm 32; 1 Samuel 15; Exodus 17
I remember receiving a call from my parents. It was that call. My grandfather had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and the medical professionals didn’t believe he would live long. My grandparents were very special to me. I grew up at their house many Sunday’s playing cards with them and talking. My grandmother was really my spiritual rock through my young life.
It would be several months before he passed away. During that time we were able to see him numerous times and be with my grandmother as she watched her husband of over 70 years slowly slip away. I had the chance to hold his hand the afternoon he passed away. That time still brings up raw emotions that are hard to quench.
Losing a loved one is always difficult. But the way in which Timothy was losing Paul had to be nearly unbearable. Paul had been sentenced to death for preaching the Gospel. Now he was just waiting for that moment. He knew that it was unlikely that they’d ever see one another again. In his final days, he penned this love letter to Timothy pouring out the last measure of hope and faith that he could muster.
In Chapter 1 you can hear Paul throwing every encouragement he could muster to his young friend and colleague.
- Rekindle your faith
- Rely on the spirit of power, love, and self-discipline
- Don’t be ashamed
- You have a holy calling from God himself
- It’s about Jesus, not us
- We are already given life and immortality no matter what they do to us
- I put my faith in Jesus and I am not ashamed
- Guard the teaching of Jesus Christ with everything you have
- People have abandoned me. Don’t hold it against them. I don’t
Paul is about to embark on his final journey. He knows where it will end. Yet he’s still issuing instructions and encouragements to those he’s leaving behind.
How do you want to leave this earth? Do you want to know that you did everything you could to encourage your loved ones to rely on Christ? Do you want to give every person you know the hope of eternal life? Do you want to leave anything undone?
My grandparents gave me an example of a faithful life that I hope I can live up to even today. They weren’t flashy with their faith but you always knew it was there. They lived a life that was a true witness to their faith.
I can only hope that mine can be close to what theirs was.