Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have a video that relates to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Catalyst-Known: A 21 Day Journey”. It is 21 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
2 Timothy 4
“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
Do your best to come to me soon. For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry. Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message. At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus. Erastus remained at Corinth, and I left Trophimus, who was ill, at Miletus. Do your best to come before winter. Eubulus sends greetings to you, as do Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brothers. The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.”
As we focus on our legacy, we’re bringing together our identity in Christ and our calling to the work God has for us. With that in mind, let’s look at a passage from the apostle Paul. He knows he’s going to die soon, so he’s passing on important instructions to Timothy. Paul wants Timothy to be in the best position to serve God. Paul wants Timothy to be prepared to deal with false teaching.
Main Passage: 2 Timothy 4
What is the focus of most of this passage? Why is dealing with adversity and the way we relate with people as important as the work we feel called to do?
What five commands does Paul pass on to Timothy? How do you balance patience with the other four commands in a way that honors God?
Ask a much older, mature follower of Christ his/her perspective on legacy and adversity. Pray for each other. Ask God to give you what you need as you relate with challenging people.
I find it fascinating that Paul was still writing books of the Bible when he was on death’s door step. How has no one made a film about him yet? His conversion from Saul to Paul and then doing what he did as Paul would be a great film. I would see it. Unless the people who made Exodus and Noah produced it. They really think we are a bunch of idiots. Anyways, Paul is telling Timothy that he is ready to go out and do God’s work. He tells him five commands with patience being the most important of them all. I know patience is certainly key when speaking with non-believers. How frustrating is it when they hold on to the ever changing world?