THEME: FAITHFULNESS TO GOD
2 Timothy 2:8-13
“Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him. If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.”
-Apostle Paul exhorts Timothy to remain faithful to God despite the tribulations that come with preaching the gospel. Paul was a determined minister having been told of the chains and tribulation that awaited him by the Holy Spirit. He did not loose heart or count his life as dear to him, but was determined to finish his race with joy (Acts 20:22-24). Even though he was chained for proclaiming the gospel, he rejoiced for the word of God can never be chained. He focused on his ministry with confidence teaching that if we deny Jesus Christ, He will also deny us, but if we proclaim that we died with Him, we shall live with Him, and if we endure in faith, we shall reign forever with Him.
We find many patriarchs in the bible who were dependable, honest, trustworthy and faithful to God. Abraham was faithful with wealth. He gave a tithe of it all to Melchizedek the king of Salem and priest of the Most High God. He acknowledged that all things come from God and belong to God, and when the king of Sodom offered to give him wealth, he refused. Money is a powerful master and a destructive controller. How we deal with it, depends on what happens to us next. We are called to be faithful stewards to God by serving His people well, giving alms, offering tithes and offerings, paying taxes and acknowledge that all wealth and riches belong to God. Moses the meekest man, was faithful to God through obedience. He was trusted with the law and was committed to follow God’s commandments and, better still taught them. Like Moses we are called to be obedient to God’s word, shun away all evil and walk according to His will. Joseph was obedient in that which was not his property. He diligently watched over Potiphar’s household and when his wife seduced him, Joseph remain faithful to his master. We are reminded to be faithful in other peoples property and our marriages, and God will be exulted through our testimonies. David was faithful in little things and was trusted with much. He was anointed king over the whole of Israel yet he did not boast about it nor abandon his fathers flock. He was brave and courageous, and when he heard the boastful sentiments of Goliath, he chose to go to battle and won; for the glory of God. Like David, let us be faithful in the little that God has given us and He will give us much. Also be faithful to our employers in our work, utilizing our time and resources well. In our businesses, working hard with diligence and honesty and the Lord will reward us. In our marriages holding fast love and respect, letting God become its foundation and following His word. Apostle Paul was faithful to God in his mission and did not consider himself as anything compared to the gospel, but underwent torture and imprisonment for Christ’s sake. Despite his tribulations, he did not abandon the faith, but remained faithful by running his race to the end. As Christians, we are called to lay up a firm foundation of faith on Jesus Christ, which cannot be shaken or moved by any giant or storm. We are also reminded to be faithful in our talents, callings, ministry, missions and our Christian lives, holding fast faith and running the race to the end. Jesus was obedient to the Father unto the cross. He was crucified, died, buried and resurrected from the dead for our sake. From Him do we learn true faithfulness. He calls us to be faithful to Him and His name will be lifted through us and in us, and many will come to Him and through Him who is the Door to eternal life.
Almighty Father and Savior, we come before You with repentant hearts asking You for mercy and grace. We have been crucified with You Christ, it is no longer us who live You who lives in us. Thank You for reminded us Jesus that we died with You, and if we died with You, we shall live with You. And if we endure, we shall reign with You. Grant us firm faith and the grace Holy Spirit to endure to the end. Many are the times we have been faithless, forgive us and give the heart to be faithful to the end like Your faithful servants. Thank You Father for You have always been faithful to us even when we have become faithless, You cannot deny Yourself dear Master. If it were not for You Holy Spirit where would we be? You reign in the whole world. Reign in our hearts Holy Spirit we humbly implore You, that we may be faithful in little things and in major assignments. Reign in our families, relationships and marriages, that we may do Your will and our lives may always be pleasing to You. Reign in our churches and ministries that Your name may be praised in all the earth and bring many to salvation. Reign in our nation and deliver us from corruption and poor leadership. We raise Your banner in our nation Jesus Christ cover us with Your precious blood and hedge of fire. Thank You for You have redeemed us out of every tongue, tribe, people and nation. All glory, power, wealth and honor belongs to You. Thank You for the peace pacts that are being signed in the world for the glory of Your name. May Your peace that surpasses all understanding dwell in our hearts and minds through You Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
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