Paul suffered much while faithfully serving the Lord. He knew that his suffering arose because he was loyal to the Lord. He could have easily compromised his message (watering it down) and his methods (taking the politically correct route). But it was better to be faithful and suffer for it, than to be unfaithful and enjoy comfort and a false peace.
About Robert Solomon
Robert M. Solomon served as Bishop of The Methodist Church in Singapore from 2000-2012. He now has an active itinerant ministry of preaching and teaching in Singapore and abroad. He is the author of 19 books, including The Race, The Conscience, The Sermon of Jesus and Faithful to the End.
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We are now entering into the glorious truth of the gospel.
Paul was strong, tenacious, and tough. Timothy, on the other hand, was timid (v.7). He was not so confident and was perhaps afraid of people.
Paul’s final epistle, 2 Timothy, was written two years after 1 Timothy. It was written from a prison cell in Rome, just before Paul’s martyrdom.
In bringing his epistle to Timothy to an end, Paul reiterates his earlier points by focusing on two verbs.
John Wesley was used by God to lead a revival movement in seventeenth century Britain and America. Near the end of his life, he worried about the Methodists. He reflected on the cycle that all revivals went through—holiness is revived, people live frugally, then they become wealthy, and subsequently they become arrogant and lose their zeal.
In The Great House of God, Max Lucado relates what sociologists observed about mountain climbers. There was a connection between clouds in the sky and contentment in the hearts of climbers. If the mountain peak was visible, the climbers were energetic and cooperative. If it was hidden by cloud cover, they were sulky and selfish.
What do we use our energy for? Life has its many challenges, but it is important to focus our attention and energies on a few things.
When God sent manna from heaven as food for the Israelites, He wanted them to “gather enough for that day” (Exodus 16:4). People gathered different amounts but their daily portions were just what they needed (Exodus 16:18). Food kept for the next day became rotten (Exodus 16:20) and those who went out to gather food on the Sabbath found none, having already gathered twice as much the previous day (Exodus 16:22,27).
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