Timothy and Titus Training 101
Dad and I called them the “yellow pages”. In the last weeks, while mom was in the hospital struggling for every breath, with a breathing mask over her face, she still wanted to give us some last words. Being the business woman she was, it was fitting that she was given a yellow legal pad to write down what she wanted us to know. The instructions were written simply but with urgency for she knew time was limited. She was at peace with herself and God, that was evident. She had run the race well and was leaving me with instructions and dad with “remember the good times we had”. Some of the phrases showed her sense of humor. All of the words are precious loving words that I HAD to find after dad died. I found them. The words comfort me still.
Paul’s last words to Timothy are just as passionate. loving, and kind. Paul leaves instructions that will help Timothy carry on the work and continue HIS own race, seeking the applause of God.
2 Timothy 4, The Message
3-5 You’re going to find that there will be times when people will have no stomach for solid teaching, but will fill up on spiritual junk food—catchy opinions that tickle their fancy. They’ll turn their backs on truth and chase mirages. But you—keep your eye on what you’re doing; accept the hard times along with the good; keep the Message alive; do a thorough job as God’s servant.
6-8 You take over. I’m about to die, my life an offering on God’s altar. This is the only race worth running. I’ve run hard right to the finish, believed all the way. All that’s left now is the shouting—God’s applause! Depend on it, he’s an honest judge. He’ll do right not only by me, but by everyone eager for his coming.
What do we learn?
–Keep our eyes on what God has given us to do. Stay focused!
–Avoid spiritual junk to stay spiritually healthy!
–Know, as Jesus promised, that there will be good times and bad.
–Know the Truth. Speak the Truth.
–Do your best as God’s servant. We belong to Him, no matter who signs the paycheck.
–When it’s time, step up, take over what you have been trained to do.
–Be and Do all for the Applause of God alone.
–Be eager for His coming. Let your face show it. Let your thinking and actions show it!
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for these last words of Paul to Timothy in this passage that remind us of some of your last words to your disciples. We know that you are coming back again. We know that you are right here in this room with us. Thank you for Your Holy Presence. Thank you for restoration. Thank you for our relationship. Thank you for loving us. May all we think, do or say be pleasing to you today.
In Jesus Name, Amen