Daily Bible Reading: 2 Kings 17-18, John 3:19-36
Today’s reading in “The Story” is found in your book starting where we left off yesterday at the transition on page 403 (chapter 28) and concluding on the bottom of page 405, with the end of the chapter.
If you do not have “The Story” you may read the passages in the NIV Bible: 2 Timothy 1:1-5, 8-12; 2:1-9; 3:10-17; 4:6-13.
One might say that Timothy was the Apostle paul’s protégé. He was a young pastor whom Paul had trained and whom Paul took a personal interest in as he grew in his faith and ministry. Paul provided Timothy with both instruction in the faith and encouragement in his ministry.
As Paul encouraged Timothy, he also gave instruction in living a holy life, set apart for the work of the kingdom. He encouraged Timothy to comport himself as a believer and to always express the love of Christ to others.
In his instruction and encouragement, Paul never ceased to provide a good godly example. Notice how he acknowledged Christ in everything? He continually praised and thanked God as he instructed timothy in how he should act as a minister of the word and a follower of Christ.
In our reading today, we see how all of his instructions to Timothy also act as instructions to us. We also should be expressing our thanks to God regularly for the example of our parents and other believers in our lives who helped us to understand God’s will and our salvation through Jesus Christ.
Maybe you were the first generation of believers in your family. If that’s the case, Paul encourages you to use the example of Timothy’s grandmother and mother as they instructed him in the faith. So too, we should be instructing the next generations in the faith.
Jesus Christ is the one who provides us with our salvation. We are encouraged to read the scriptures and to learn God’s word by regularly studying the Bible. We read: “16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
As we live our lives as Christians, let us be encouraged to do the good work that God intends for us as we live out our calling to a holy life, set apart for God. Like Paul, we too want to fight the good fight, by keeping the faith and sharing the Gospel.
We are called to a holy life for Christ. Let us live out our calling today and everyday as we live for the Lord!
Prayer: Lord, so often I forget that I am called to a holy life, set apart for the work of Your kingdom. Help me to study the scriptures every day so that I may know You better and so that I may truly act as one of Your children. In Jesus’ name. Amen.