DAILY WORD 12/29/20
12. For this reason, even though I suffer as I do, I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him for that day.
2 Timothy 1:12 NLT
Today’s Passage is short, just one Verse but it is impactful in its relevance to our Walk with God. Paul is continuing his Letter to Timothy from jail where he has been imprisoned for his refusal to stop preaching the Gospel of Christ which the Romans found disruptive to their claims to power, as it gave freedom to slaves and hope to all who accepted it.
He has just mentioned in the preceding Verses that Christians should not be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ and now he is reiterating his point in a personal manner. He said that Christ suffered for the remission of our sins and that as a Minister of the Word he is subject to suffering for the Gospel as well.
Paul’s suffering is obvious, he is in prison and facing his impending death at the hands of his captors. Given his situation and the position that he finds himself in, it would be forgiven him if he were a little ashamed. However, Paul understands a fundamental tenet of Christianity which he is trying to share with Timothy, his young protégé in the Word.
Paul understands that suffering is simply part of the responsibility of a Christian Leader. Christ suffered for us and we, if we are to follow His Example, will face similar trials as we spread His Word. But through all that, through his pain, his fear, and his uncertainty Paul still is unashamed. Why?
The reason is that Paul knows Who it is that he Believes in and that whatever he has committed to God will come to fruition when God’s Time to Reward His servants finally comes. He gets that it is not coming in his lifetime. Paul is facing death and he knows that there is nothing that he can do to stop it. So why isn’t he more depressed and downtrodden?
The reason is that Paul has come to understand the Principal of God’s Timing. He trusts that all his hard work and sacrifice for the Gospel will indeed be compensated. However, it may not come in this life. That is what we as Christians have to come to the understanding of as well. We will receive a Reward but it is not coming in this life.
Life Everlasting has been Promised to us if we accept God’s Will and hold to His Plan. That is assured. So then, that means that our Reward doesn’t have to be attained while we are alive. We have all of Eternity to enjoy His Glory. This life may be for suffering but the next will be for Worshiping!
The question that you have to ask yourself is: am I willing to suffer now so that I can Rejoice later? Something for you to think about as you go through your day today. Do you have what it takes to live in God’s Timing, or do you want yours now? The “treasures of this world” are indeed pleasurable, otherwise, they wouldn’t be so tempting. But they are temporal, that is, only good for the moment. When it’s all said and done, they will not last but the taint that comes with them certainly will. God’s Reward for us is Forever and there’s not a downside to them. That leaves us with a decision to make. The choice is up to you.
Have a Terrific Tuesday and stay safe out there!