2 Timothy 1:15–18 (ESV)
15 You are aware that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among
whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16 May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains, 17 but when he arrived in Rome he searched
for me earnestly and found me— 18 may the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on that day!—and you well know all the service he rendered at Ephesus.
Paul does not discuss how some turned away from him which I think would be appropriate to say that they turned away from the faith. As a pastor, this keeps me up at night. It really hurts when I see people walk
away from the church. I feel like I have let them down. The church is not about me, but Jesus Christ. What is even worse is when they walk away from the faith. When they walk away from the faith, they walk away from God. If someone
leaves my congregation, I still pray that they will stay in the faith and still worship God at another congregation. I want them to go to heaven. But if they fall away from the faith… well, that is a loss. Like God, I want all men
to be saved.
I pray: O heavenly Father, help me to serve you in a God-pleasing way and I pray for all my sheep. Help them to stay together and under
your protection. Help me in guiding them. Amen.
2 Timothy 1:8–14 (ESV)
8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the
testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, 9 who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace,
which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10 and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,
11 for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, 12 which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to
guard until that day what has been entrusted to me. 13 Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14 By the Holy Spirit
who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.
I have often mentioned that I did not grow up Lutheran, so I grew up under the perspective of “What
you do for God” instead of “What God has done for you.” I get excited when I see that my faith came from outside myself… it came as a gift. We see this in today’s reading “share in suffering for the gospel by
the power of God, 9 who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.” Look at the language
used here: “who save us”, “called us”, “not because of our works”, “his own purpose and grace”, “which he gave us in Christ”. We see it is God who is doing the “action” and not us.
And this took place “before the ages began.” This ties into Ephesians 1:4 “even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.”
I pray: O Lord, thank you for all that you do for me. Amen.
2 Timothy 1:1–7 (ESV)
an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus,
2 To Timothy, my beloved child:
Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Guard the Deposit Entrusted to You
thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. 4 As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. 5 I
am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. 6 For this reason I remind you to
fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, 7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
It is interesting that Timothy’s grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice are mentioned by Paul. I owe a lot to my own grandmother, who raised my dad in the church. She was a woman of faith and
she shared that faith and was influential in my faith. She also passed the faith onto my Dad… who took me to church every Sunday. My brother also has a strong faith that has been passed down from my grandmother. Of course, the Holy
Spirit had a lot to do with it. So, don’t ever underestimate the impact of raising your family in the faith.
I pray: O Lord, help me to raise
my family in the Church and God’s Word. I pray for my children, grandchildren, and future generations… to live in God’s grace, love, and forgiveness. Amen.
1 Timothy 6:17–21 (ESV)
Fight the Good Fight of Faith
17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They
are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
20 O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” 21 for by
professing it some have swerved from the faith.
Grace be with you.
As a true man of God, Timothy is to flee every
corrupting influence and keep God’s command, faithfully guarding that which has been deposited with him. False “knowledge” not only contradicts God’s revealed truth, but it also places human reason above the deposit of good news God
has entrusted to us, ultimately destroying our faith. In His testimony before Pontius Pilate, Jesus confessed that He was the Son of God. Although His enemies used that true testimony to convict Him before Pilate, His crucifixion and resurrection secured the
treasures of life and salvation for all who believe.
I pray: Lord God, guard and keep us, we pray, so that the devil, the world, and our sinful nature
may not deceive us or mislead us into false belief, despair, and other great shame and vice. Although we are attacked by these things, we pray that we may finally overcome them and win the victory. Amen.
1 Timothy 6:11–16 (ESV)
Fight the Good Fight of Faith
11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal
life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before
Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will display at the proper time—he
who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.
Again, we see in today’s reading that sanctification involves our cooperation. Paul tells us to “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness,
gentleness.” We are to fight the good fight! There is some great Gospel language today such as “to which you were called” and “God, who gives life to all things.” We are to hold fast and confess our faith.
I pray: O Lord, help me to prepare and to fight the good fight. Amen.