Prayer: O God, guide me through your Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Peter and Paul, Apostles
17 But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it.
On today’s church calendar, we remember Peter’s and Paul’s ministries. They both proclaimed the gospel and served God in manners worthy of our replication. They did not do this alone, as we can see in today’s text from Paul. There were several others who helped them. Foremost in their ministries was God’s presence and strength and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Our devotion writer’s story today relates the funeral of a twenty-year-old woman, where all wondered why this bright, active, and engaging woman was taken from our lives. It seemed a devastating loss and tragedy. Why? The pastor asked! “Then, in the midst of his own grief, he drew on the presence and strength of Jesus Christ and proclaimed the truth of Jesus’ never-ending love for this young woman, who Jesus had claimed and named at her baptism. The message was fully proclaimed in our hearing.”
Prayer: “Thank you, God, for strengthening us to fully proclaim your message. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
2 Timothy 4:6-18
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
6 As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
9 Do your best to come to me soon, 10 for Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful in my ministry. 12 I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus. 13 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. 14 Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will pay him back for his deeds. 15 You also must beware of him, for he strongly opposed our message.
16 At my first defense no one came to my support, but all deserted me. May it not be counted against them! 17 But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.