Week 8 Devo – FRIDAY

The Church is United Under Godly Leaders

In 2 Timothy 4, Paul has come to the end of his life and ministry. These are his parting words to Timothy and to us. What do we find in Paul’s last challenge and encouragement to believers? We find a charge, a warning, and a comfort.

A charge—be ready to fulfill the work God has for you (2 Tim. 4:2,5). Just as Paul had a ministry and plan for Paul and Timothy, God has a purpose for you in His kingdom. Seek to discern it and give yourself completely to it.

A warning—people will abandon and oppose you (2 Tim. 4:10-15). Demas abandoned Paul because his heart was committed to his present life more than God’s kingdom, and Alexander directly opposed Paul. Watch out for those kinds of people, and don’t be like them, for God will judge such people.

A comfort—Jesus will be with you (2 Tim. 4:17-18). When no one else stood by Paul’s side, Jesus did. He rescued Paul “from every evil work” and brought him safely to Christ’s “heavenly kingdom” (2 Tim. 4:18). Oh, the hope we have in Jesus! It will always be worth it to follow Him. Are you ready to follow Him to your dying day like Paul? Commit to live for Jesus each day and listen carefully to Paul’s words in 2 Timothy 4, and you will.

What steps do you need to take to discern God’s purpose and place for you in His mission?