Today’s scripture: 2 Timothy 4:1-5
Have I mentioned lately how much I love God’s word? And how much I love Paul’s
letters? Sometimes, though, I read passages, and I’m almost overwhelmed with
how much God speaks to my heart. This is one of those times.
I want to focus on two areas Paul writes about.
We must be ready to preach God’s word, patiently and lovingly. No, not all of
us are gifted as teachers or preachers or evangelists. However, we all have
opportunities to share God’s word. And so we need to know it. I’ve emphasized
Bible study—real get-into-the-meat-of-it study—a lot lately, and it’s so very
critical. How can you share with others something about which you don’t really
know yourself? I challenge you: If you’re not already spending quality time in
God’s word, start today. Be ready.
People in our world today aren’t willing to “endure sound doctrine.” This is
the biggest tragedy I see in Christendom today. In order to justify choices or
sometimes blatant sin, they seek teachers who will “tickle” their ears. In
other words, who will tell them what they want to hear. They’re not seeking the
real truth of the Bible—in fact, they even say the Bible isn’t really the
inspired, inerrant word of God.
I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: If you call yourself a Christian,
then be one. Read and study and know God’s word. Know what delights Him—and
what breaks His heart. Believe Jesus when He said that He, and He alone, is the
“way, truth, and life” and that no one can come to the Father except through
Him (John 14:6). Believe that those who choose to follow Him and commit their
lives to Him will spend eternity with Him (John 3:16).
And those who don’t will spend eternity separated from Him. Remember, not
everyone who says “Lord, Lord” will enter God’s kingdom (Matt. 7:21-23).
Please. If you’re reading this, and you’ve allowed false teachers to tickle
your ear, go to the source of truth. Read the book of John. And then read it
again. See what the Lord Jesus Himself says about knowing and following Him.
And then commit to doing so. Submit your life completely to your loving Father.
Trust me. It will be so very worth it … because being in a true relationship
with Creator God is better than anything this world can offer. Anything.