“Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. The saying is trustworthy, for:
If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he also will deny us;
if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself.
Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:8-15
Endurance is so important in our faith. God’s word does NOT say, it's going to be an easy journey. Sometimes it includes suffering and chains.
I started a workout plan one time recently. I stayed on it for three days. I was feeling good! I took a break on day four, I said, I pick it back up on day five. Day five was a Sunday...I bet you can guess, I didn’t pick it back up. I had built a little bit of endurance and then found myself giving up.
I know many people who start ministry and give up. For numerous reason, they start out strong, but find themselves burnt out, burned by someone or just looking for a different vocation. Ministry is tough. We must have endurance in the word of God.
Paul is encouraging a young pastor in 2 Timothy. He is encouraging you and me the same way.
Our goal is sharing what we already know, the gospel of Jesus Christ. Why? So that others will obtain their salvation. Talk about important. That’s our call as believers in Jesus Christ. Keep pushing forward and telling others about Jesus.
May we encourage one another. Present ourselves today, fresh and approved to share God’s word. Unashamedly share the love of Christ and what He has done for you and me. With wisdom, accurately handle God’s word, conveying His love, grace and forgiveness for all who hear it, believe it and proclaim it.
Let’s build our endurance for Him and press forward in the faith.