Day 304: October 31 (2 Timothy 4)
Paul concludes his letter to Timothy with exhortations that all of us would do well to heed. Advice such as “Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.” Also “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.”
These wise words speak to every one of us, church leader or not, urging us to remember that we are here on earth for the sake of the Kingdom of God, not to advance our own career, comfort, or reputation.
Paul knows he is nearing the end of his own race, and that a prize awaits him – the crown of righteousness each of us will receive when we meet Jesus face to face.
Then, to reinforce that this is not a race we run alone, Paul concludes with personal greetings that show us what a large community of believers he leads. We all need others around us, and prioritizing the Good News is the best way to gather them!
Have a great day!