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Take Strength from the Grace of God, part 3…

Entangling ourselves in the affairs of everyday life” (v.4) could be easier than we realize. There is a way that seems right, but the end means death. (see Prov 14:12) How can we discern? We can think upon the end result – will this contribute to the salvation of my soul. See: “obtaining as the outcome (“end”) of your faith the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:8) Faith, then, becomes the commodity at stake in our trials and everyday living. Faith has to do with things not seen and we MUST live accordingly. Your very life – or not – in the age to come is at stake.

I’m going to venture out of my – and possibly your – comfort zone and give a word to parents. If your children are not being taught in word and example to put emphasis on the age to come and how that pleases God, then their (and your) life is not worth living now, much less in the age to come. It is that important! In early manhood, Livingstone made his resolution: “I will place no value on anything I have or possess, except in relation to the Kingdom of Christ.”

An athlete trains so as to compete is the subject of verse 5, in chapter 2 of 2 Timothy. It’s a rather short verse and to the point: “And also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize (literally: “he is not crowned) unless he competes according to the rules.”

Did you ever play a game with a small child who kept changing the rules to suit her? (we just have a resident dog who makes up his own rules of play).

In the Lord’s race, He makes the laws that win the prize. I must search His Word daily to match His rules to my lifestyle. Of course, I’m reminded of 1 Corinthians 9: 24-27:

1Co 9:24 ¶ Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but [only] one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.

25 And everyone who competes (KJV- “strives for the mastery”) in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then [do it] to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.

26 Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air;

27 but I buffet my body and make it my slave, lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified. (NASB)

The word, “strive” is our word for “agonize.” I am reminded of Luke 13:24 -“Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.”

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March 12, 2012 - Posted by | 2 Timothy 2:1-13, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Pages from my journal | , , , , , ,

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