Prayer: O God, let your Word guide me to live as you give me wisdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Paul was right
…and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him. (v. 12)
We may never know the effect that our walk of faith has had on others. Sometimes we may wonder if it is worth it as frustrating as it can be to teach children, lead others, try to live honestly and fairly with others. Often the good that we do is not realized until after we are gone. So it was with Paul.
Paul tells Timothy to not give up—to keep preaching the Word—to keep working. “Someday you’ll see—it’ll all be worth it,” Paul tells Timothy. Our devotion writer declares; “Paul put his trust in God; Paul trusted that God would prosper his witness and preaching of Jesus Christ. Paul encourage Timothy to not give up on preaching the truth of God’s saving love in the risen Christ.”
We see the effects of Paul preaching and missionary work. We see the reports of his travels and the letters he sent to the various churches that he ministered to. He didn’t live to see it all come together and to see that they still flourish even 2,000 years later. God’s use of Paul, and others, was a promise kept and a vision fulfilled. And God continues today, only we are now the disciples that God uses. We should not ever underestimate what God can do through us. We all contribute the parts and pieces to accomplish wonderful things for Jesus.
Prayer: “Keep us strong, O God, in lives of witness, faith, and service in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
2 Timothy 1:12-14
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
12 and for this reason I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him. 13 Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14 Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.