Timmy!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Paul is the man! In the books of Timothy, Paul is writing letters from prison to a young pastor. The letters are basically advice on how Timothy should lead the church. They have guidelines for how to treat church members, qualifications for church officials, and some really awesome advice for a young man just starting out in his ministry. Both books are really amazing, but the latter parts of 2 Timothy are the ones that stick out in my mind the most. You can feel the urgency in Paul’s letters, like he knows his end is near and he is desperately trying to reach Timothy. In chapter 3 of 2 Timothy, Paul warns Timothy of the times to come. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 NKJV, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” After reading this and looking around at the world we live in today, it’s not hard to feel like we are living in those last days that Paul mentioned. I just started working as a youth leader, and I can’t help but to feel like Paul is talking to me in these books. All the advice he is giving can and must still be applied today. I’m pretty sure 2 Timothy was the last book that Paul wrote before he was beheaded, and in the last chapter you can really feel his urgency. 2 Timothy 4:2-5 NKJV, “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” I’m just getting started in my ministry, but I hope to stay as true and as on fire for God as Paul did. I hope to one day be able to say the exact same words that Paul did in verse 7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

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