2 Timothy 4:1–2

I charge you before God and Christ Jesus, who is going to judge the living and the dead – I charge you by his appearing and by his kingdom – herald forth the word; be urgent in season and out of season; convict, rebuke, exhort, and do it all with a patience and a teaching which never fail.

In the days of Timothy, people were surrounded by false teachers. We see that in our world today. There are those who will go to any length to find arguments that will justify or allow them to do anything they want to do. This behavior is not confined to only the church but is particularly damaging to the faith today. For the church it is a matter of those who tend to think less of sin, they are doing great damage to the church and society.

Paul continues this last chapter of Timothy with a charge and a challenge and shares three things about Jesus. Jesus will be the judge of the living and the dead and the day will come when Timothy’s work will be tested. Did he take the good news everywhere he could and did he do so in love and truth? We today are charged to do the very same thing. Christians should not concern themselves with the criticisms or judgements of others. I am sure Timothy as well as we today looked forward to hearing Well Done from our Lord and Savior. We must stay focused and allow the spirit to lead us in this very important calling. The spirit will enable us to not be distracted by the criticism; it will save us from our egos which in turn could make us self-centered and demanding thanks and praise for everything we do. It will save us from being hurt by others ridicule and ingratitude. Jesus will return in victory. As christians we are preparing the way so that all things will be ready whenever he appears. Christians should live their lives in such a way that at any moment they are ready for the coming of Christ.

Jesus is king. The day is coming when all the kingdoms of this world will on bended knee become the kingdom of Jesus Christ. Our work, Our lives and Our service must be such that it will stand the scrutiny of Christ and be a sign of the reality of our citizenship of the kingdom of God. As christians we must be persistent and carry the word every day to all peoples wasting no opportunity but remembering to be courteous and respectful in our duty to get the message out. We have to get back to making people aware of the sins of this world. The church must address sin and not excuse it to the new norm. People must be compelled to recognize it and see themselves as they really are. There was a day when the church was fearless in rebuking those behaviors that distracted from living a holy life. Not only did good things happen but many bad things were set aside and God had a place in the hearts of his people. All are sinners, there is a common guilt and we should not set ourselves up as moral judges but we have a duty to rebuke and warn, when a such words need to be spoken. In rebuking the sins of this world we should also take care to encourage things which support Godly behavior. Paul recognized that a message of constant rebuke would remove any hope and cause despair among the people. We as christians must have a tireless patience, avoid becoming irritated and never ever look at someone as being beyond salvation. We willingly encourage and enable another’s way to salvation because we have a resolute belief in the changing power of Christ.

I will wrap this weeks blog with things that were expected of Timothy and apply to us this very day.

-stay focused on our calling

-stay steady and not allow the craziness of the world to distract us

-there will be a price to be paid and we must accept it without complaining or regret

-we must remember we are the bringers of good news

-we should always be of service to God, to the Church and to other people

Paul also wrote in another book a good thought to end this day’s blog.

Philippians 4

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

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