Posted by: bshelley | December 12, 2008

Grace be with you


Today’s Verse: 2 Timothy 4:22 The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you. NASB

2 Timothy is thought to have been the apostle Paul’s last letter written before his death at the hands of Nero. His theme in this short four chapter letter is “Fulfill your ministry”. It is always heart moving to me to see what people’s last thoughts are. At the last supper, Jesus taught the disciples that they were to be servants if they would be His disciples. Paul spends his last words in a blessing that the Lord would be with their spirit as they sought to serve their risen Lord. Then the power of the words come in “grace be with you.” You don’t have to study the meanings given to “grace” by the New Testament writers for long to see that there is a scope well beyond just God’s unmerited favor. God gives grace sufficient to do all good deeds as well (2 Cor 9:8). This is the grace Paul is praying extended to us as disciples that we have more than sufficient all we need to meet the call to serve. Grace to you today that you will fulfill your ministry in Christ.

May God bless your heart as you seek His.



  1. Thank you for your post and your comment on my site. Are you feeling okay? May God bless you and comfort you.

  2. Thanks to God’s grace I am doing well. I just completed the 5th of 12 chemo treatments for my stage four colon cancer this week. Some days I need a bit more rest than others, but I always know that God is working in and through me each day. God bless you in your ministry. Bryan

  3. Hi Bryan,

    I am always compelled to respond to your articles because they never fail to touch me with the power of God’s truth! You are so right in saying that God’s grace is sufficient for all of our needs. I can see without a doubt how his grace is holding you while you undergo treatments for cancer. What a faithful servant you are! God will take you through this!

  4. Thanks so much for your posts –
    I pray that God blesses you with strength and peace.
    Our Father is a God of hope,

  5. Good post. It is always interesting, and many times telling, to see or hear the last words of people. One of Paul’s last requests to Timothy was to come before winter. I hope he made it. Paul really needed help to hold on to the bitter end. Last requests are telling as well as last words. I truly hope that your spirits remain high and spirit-driven as they are now. May his presence be always felt.

  6. Thanks David. By the way, I ordered both your books off Amazon this last week and can’t wait to dig in and read them!

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