Equipped to serve!
Scripture reading for October 24th: 2nd Timothy 2:22-3:17
The last days would be full of trouble and terrible times for Christians. Idolatry and godlessness would abound and selfishness would bring great violence and sin to the earth. People would become lovers of pleasure and reject God as the supreme lover. Even the church would be affected by those with just a form of godliness but no real power to live a holy life. (2nd Timothy 3:1-5) False teachers would also arise and oppose the truth of the Gospel and those who were faithfully preaching it. Those living godly in Christ Jesus would suffer persecution. (2nd Timothy 3:12)
“Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. . . And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” (2nd Timothy 2:22, 24-26) Pastor Timothy must actively pursue God through prayer and the word. The character of Christ will then enable him to effectively reach out to those who are opposing him. All men are important to God and God wants them all saved. (1st Timothy 2:4-5) Satan is the one who is blinding them and has taken them captive to do his will. The Gospel message, when presented with a loving spirit, will effectively break the bondage of the devil’s trap!
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you have learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2nd Timothy 3:14-17) Timothy lacked nothing that he needed. He had good teachers, the Holy Scriptures, and the Holy Spirit. The word of God thoroughly equipped him for every good work! Is it working in you as well?