Flourish in Faith

Reading in 2 Timothy 4, there is a sense of urgency for Paul because the ministry has had some deserters. They needed to regroup before his death which was nearing. He is in a Roman prison being persecuted and is asking Timothy to come see him face to face one final time before he is killed.

Paul gives these imperatives to Timothy: Preach the word, be prepared to correct, rebuke, encourage, and give careful instruction. Paul is concerned about the ministries ability to spread throughout the world. There is the need for help because time was short and those who had been loyal were needed to carry out the work.

He remembers the past and had no regrets. He had hardships and desertion from those he thought were going to help but the future rewards would be enjoyed because he had accomplished the purpose God had for him. The Lord gave him strength to endure and win the race as in the scripture below.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me in that day – and not only me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.  – 2 Timothy 4:7-8

For future generations to read, understand, and apply the Word of God, continue to plant seeds of the Gospel message. Put in the work to organize the help, cultivate the fruits of the Spirit, and it will impressively grow in beauty.

So much effort goes into making something flourish. There is a need for many helpers to participate in the success and it is much more rewarding when others get to share in the success.

God wants us as His companion. All the way back to the Garden of Eden, God just wants us as a companion to live with Him in paradise.

This day with You Lord will be amazing because we seek You every day and in You we believe. We read Your Word and apply it in our lives. Over time, we grow in our faith and our actions are on display for others to see. We are thankful for Your provision; grateful for all we receive. Amen.

 

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