Reading: 2 Timothy 4: 16-18
On this day, many will gather for worship. Some will be like the tax collector, coming humbly before God, knowing they too are a sinner, seeking God’s grace. Others will come like it’s an obligation, thinking they are already ‘there’, no real need for God, full of judgment for the worship and those all around them. Paul connects to both of these – once a Pharisee but now a sinner saved by God’s grace.
As Paul closes his second letter to Timothy, he is near the end of his journey. He can look back over his ministry for Jesus and can see how the Lord has been by his side, giving him the strength and protection he needed. Paul has always sought the next lost soul, always working to connect a fellow sinner to the only one who can save – Jesus Christ. Along the way Paul has faced many mockers, doubters, judges, critics, skeptics, … Paul has remained steadfast to his mission to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.
We have much in common with Paul. Each if us has had our share of sin in our life and we continue to wrestle with temptation and sin. We too have experienced God’s redeeming grace over and over. We too live in a secular society that often questions, derides, doubts, and challenges our faith. Our loyalty to God and God’s Word will be put to the test. And just as Paul experienced time and time again, God will stand beside us and God will give us all we need to remain steadfast. God will protect us and guide us through the storms of life. God is faithful and true.
Living a life worthy of our calling and speaking the truths of God is something we cannot do on our own. But when we are steadfast and faithful, God will be present and will lead the way. God will go before us each day, guiding us and filling us with just what we need. Today, may we live as a faithful follower of Jesus Christ, bringing all the glory and honor to the Lord our God.