Posted by: bshelley | June 11, 2008

Seeking God’s Heart- by Bryan Shelley

Audio Version: seeking-gods-heart-2-timothy-4_6

Today’s Verse: 2 Timothy 4:6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering and the time of my departure has come. NASB

One could read this verse and be saddened. The apostle Paul has reached the end and he is aware of it. His mission fulfilled, it was time to be martyred. Certainly not by his choice, but by Nero’s. He is writing these words from his imprisonment in Rome somewhere around 66-67 AD. 2 Timothy is believed to be his last letter. Certainly, it has a bitter sweet undertone as all would be sad to see Paul’s ministry come to an end. However, he spends this last effort encouraging Timothy and all the “Timothy’s” to come to fulfill their ministry. Paul had done just that. He confirms his belief that he had carried the message, the torch of the good news gospel to the best of his ability guided and strengthened by the very Christ he has persecuted in his youth. From hater to heaven bound. What a journey Jesus had taken him on. He has fully offered his life as an offering raised up to God’s glory and not his own. He has “fought the good fight”, “finished the course” and “kept the faith”. (v.7) What a wonderful satisfaction to be able to come to the end knowing that he had given every last ounce of strength, even his very body for the cause of Christ! I read an article in the paper this morning that it is now considered a hate crime in London, England to preach the gospel to Muslims. We have not come so very far have we? Will we stand up to the test of our faith and say “Send me!”? There is no way in our own strength or will that we could meet the high bar that Paul set as he attempted to follow Christ’s example. There is a way, however narrow, for those who would call on His name and venture to obey the calling to “make disciples.” I pray that none of us will see the kinds of persecution Paul and the early Christians faced. Yet, we are standing on their shoulders intended to continue the mission. Are we willing to be poured out? What is our response to such love as Christ’s? The reward is the same for those who began the work early, midday and late. Use the gifts He has given and invest in the lives of others by encouraging Paul’s and Timothy’s you know. Pour yourself out for Christ.

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  1. I am given hope by St. Paul’s example… he was a sinner who persecuted Christ and his followers, yet, through his journey with God, he became one of His greatest saints. Thank God, no matter how badly we have sinned, we can become all that God wants us to be. Thanks for your post.


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