2 TIMOTHY 4:1-8

Friday, 27 October 2017

I had a funny encounter with one of my high school teachers in the parking lot this morning. As I locked my car and made my way over to the church ready to get to work for the day a friendly voice greeted me as a man of great faith, who was once one of my math teachers in year 11, made his way over from his car. Once we'd gotten past the mandatory "Hello, how are you?", "How is work going?" small talk, he started telling me about the scripture he had read during his devotional time. He gave me the reference and I decided to have a look for myself.

God works in mysterious ways, I never would have read this this morning if it weren't for my chat with him, God always gives you what you need (before you even know you need it) at exactly the right time. This is what I felt like He was saying to me this morning:

2 Timothy 4:1-8 "In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage - with great patience and careful instruction."

It's important for us to step out in faith and in authority in what we believe and why we believe it. There will come a season when being a christian will not be the easiest thing to do. People - whether they are you friends or not - will challenge you on your beliefs. They'll make you think and try to get you to question whether your faith is worth while BUT it will only be season. Stay strong and don't let other people's doubts dull your spark for what Jesus has called you to. Keep preaching, keep encouraging and have patience knowing that God will reveal himself to them in due time.

"For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths."

We are now in a season where as a society we have conformed so much to what the world says should be the norm and what the world tries to convince us is truth that we have lost sight of the true meaning behind who we are and why God placed us where we are. We are so wrapped up in ourselves and what others think of us that we have turned what God has to say - even who He is for that matter into almost a fairytale-like story that seems crazy to be invested in. We have decided what we want to believe and what we want to be true and have lost sight of the REAL TRUTH. The patterns of the world has warped our sense of truth and we have become lost in the search for it.

"But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all duties of your ministry. For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 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 me on that day - not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing."

No matter what the world and society wants us to do and believe, we need to stick to our beliefs. We need to focus on who God truely is and what we have called him to do. Despite the judgement and the jokes that are thrown in our face when people don't agree with our faith we need to continue to walk in God's lane, continue to follow the path he had laid out for us and continue to invite people to walk in that lane with us. After all, that is going to matter a whole lot more than what that random person you went to school with thinks of you.

I'd rather be considered a "Jesus-freak" to people on earth who don't really know me instead of meeting Jesus at the end of my life and hearing "Depart from me, I don't know you.".

I truely believe that big things are in the works for those who are a part of Jesus's kingdom - we need to stay strong in Him now when it's not so easy to do so and in a few years time we are going to see the fruits of our faithfulness. Let's be a part of the revival rather than deciding to listen to what those people who don't really know you want you to conform to.

XO, Danielle


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