I am persuaded that when we heeded the Lord’s call, we were excited to be able to work for His kingdom. The emotion of being called, singled out, by the God of the universe and to be able to witness His power at work in and through ones ministry is an exuberant feeling. Dichotomously, we may have been thinking of all the sacrifices that will need to take place in order for this to be accomplished. I know this was true for me. However, the calling of God and being obedient to His will outweighed the sacrifices to be made. It is only through the carrying out of the ministry that you truly learn how sacrificial of a life it indeed is.
In 2 Timothy 2:8-13, Paul reminds Timothy that for the reason of preaching Christ risen from the dead (resurrection) he is suffering, bound with chains as if he were a criminal. Paul does not wallow in his precarious situation because he is quick to point out to Timothy that chains, however, cannot bind the gospel. He is thoroughly convinced of the power of God’s word to reach the lost in spite of his incarceration. Paul is willing to sacrifice his life and endure everything for the sake of the elect (brethren), that they may also obtain salvation (vs. 10).
The words of the Apostle Paul are a reminder to us that we will surely see some ugly days in ministry, but the Sovereign King is still on the throne and He will be glorified. Timothy is being reminded of the difficulties and sacrifices made when in ministry, but also of the faithfulness of God in every circumstance of life. (vs. 11) The saying is trustworthy, for: if we have died with Him, we will also live with Him; (vs. 12) if we endure, we will also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He also will deny us; (vs. 13) if we are faithless, He remains faithful – for He cannot deny Himself. Our Timothy’s must be cognizant of the sacrificial life they will walk in, but also aware of the prize Christ Jesus has laid before us in glory with Him!
– Pastor Juan Feliciano
See this and other updates in our July 2015 newsletter.