You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. (2:1)…But you, Timothy, certainly know what I teach, and how I live, and what my purpose in life is. You know my faith, my patience, my love, and my endurance. (3:10). But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. (3:14). But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you (4:5).
2nd Timothy, selected verses.
What this Means
- But as for you, do the hard thing - Sometimes following Jesus requires us to take a hard path not an easy path. We are called to endure suffering with patience and joy.
- But as for you, do the right thing - Paul challenges Timothy to both follow the right example and be the right example. Don’t choose the wrong person to follow, don’t be the wrong person to follow.
- But as for you, do the next thing - Paul reminds us that we are part of chain of stewards who have the responsibility to take what has been given to us and pass it on to others.
- But as for you, do the last thing - The scriptures remind us finishing is more significant than starting. We are called to finish what we start.
Reflection and Application
- What have been hard parts of your journey? What positive things have those hard things done in your life?
- We are called to follow and be followed. How well are you following? What example are you setting?
- What’s the next right thing that you need to do to honor God and make my life count?
- Who or what might be waiting on the other side of your obedience? What does obedience look like in the decisions that you have to make?
Father, you set us apart and call us your own. You have shown us again and again how much you love us. Help us to reflect that love in the way we live and in the way we play. Give us endurance to do the hard thing, courage to do the right thing, confidence to do the next thing and faithfulness to do the last thing. Allow us to follow you so well that others will see you in us. We ask for your strength, courage and blessing on our game tonight. In Jesus name we pray, Amen
Thanks to Pastor Danny DeArmas for leading this chapel service and sharing his thoughts.