December 31, 2020
2 Timothy 4:1-5

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

2 Timothy 4:1-5 by Lyn Goldflam

This text is Paul’s final charge to Timothy just before the apostle’s execution. Paul is handing off the baton to his younger friend. He wants Timothy to be faithful to the Word and is told there will be hardships ahead. Paul is told he is to continue to spread the Good News. Just as Timothy was exhorted to preach the Word, we must do so as well.

Scripture is our guidebook as to how we are to live our lives. It gives us wisdom that leads us to salvation and equips us for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:15-17

We always should be ready for questions from anyone who is seeking to learn about Jesus. When I was teaching Kindergarten in a public school, I had a child whose parents were atheists. On Mondays, we would have “sharing” and we would talk about what we had done that weekend. I would always mention that I had been at church. She would inevitably come up to me later in the day and ask me what I had learned at church about God. I always expected to hear back from her parents, but I never did! I still wonder if she ever became a Christian, but I have lost touch with that family. Even in everyday and ordinary interactions, we have the opportunity and privilege of being able to talk about our Lord.

Souls are perishing without Jesus. We can continue to keep teaching others about Jesus. Proclaim the Word of Jesus Christ whenever and wherever you can.

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