Devotion: Kick-Off with your Eye on the Goal
2 Tim 4:1-8
I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom:
preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.
It’s Kick-off Season
In youth ministry this is considered our Kick-Off Season. Where we wrap up our summer “Off-Season” (har har) and get ready for the real work to begin. Paul, addressing Timothy in the twilight of his Season and the birth of Timothy’s season exhorts him. And I think it’s fitting to remind us of the same here.
Begin, Looking at the End
“Be Sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, FULFILL YOUR MINISTRY!!!!
Four Points are very clear:
We are to Be sober (many versions put minded at the end of the phrase.) This means don’t lose your cool. Don’t give a snappy comeback to a parent that will wind you in hot water with the elder board or the pastor or the custodian or anyone else!
Endure Hardship! Someone once told me youth ministry was harder than it looks. Those that would disagree have a shelf life in ministry about as long as the doxology. Some days are rough… other days are rougher. Get a team around you to help you through those times. (Timothy had Mark…)
Do the Work of an Evangelist! Even if your not “seeker sensitive” get outside of your office, and meet new teens. Have your teens help you if you really are horrible at this part. But don’t sit in your office hoping to get this done. (Note he also says work, not play…)
Fulfill your ministry! Know what you need to do to get the job done. Make a plan (whether Purpose Driven or not), cast that vision of where God wants you to be at the end of this year. AND GO!!!
Paul is writing as the Uper Nikao!
He know’s he’s done, he’s spent, but he did Romans 8:37. He’s the SUPER CONQUEROR!!! And knows this writing from Rome (a place he yet visited when writing Romans). He wants the same thing for Timothy. I assume he wants the same for you (I know I do.)
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