(Optional Reading: 2 Timothy 2:8, 11-13)
Have you ever had someone tell you something but they aren’t direct about what they are trying to say? They skirt the issue and never really face it head on. Perhaps you have heard someone tell a story, but they take forever to tell it. This is how I am. I tell long stories at times, full of details, and it drives my wife crazy. She’ll look at me and say “Get to the point already!”
Paul writes to Timothy in 2 Timothy and he wastes no time getting straight to the point. “This saying is reliable:
‘If we have died together,
we will also live together.
If we endure, we will also rule together.
If we deny him, he will also deny us.
If we are disloyal, he stays faithful’
because he can’t be anything else than what he is.” (CEB)
In this passage, Paul gets straight to the point. So much so that I barely need to elaborate on what he is saying.
Paul lays out the simple cause and affect of each choice we make. The key element to remember is that Jesus will remain faithful to us no matter what happens because that is who he is. Wherever you are today, whatever you are facing, know that Jesus is always seeking after you and longs to be with you. You might have given up on Jesus, but he will never give up on you. Seek after him and you will find him.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever.