Tuesday Devotionals: 2 Timothy 4:1-8

Read 2 Timothy 4:1-8

The Gospel will never be popular. We must understand that from the start. With the heart of Christ we always endeavor to bring more souls into the Father’s presence but we will never be the majority. We will never find society as a whole sharing in our visions, motivations and priorities. Get comfortable being outnumbered now! The message of Jesus was rejected from the beginning of his ministry. Furthermore, the message of Jesus was rejected from the very beginning. Because we are sinful in nature we have always rejected the idea that we are better when under the authority or sovereignty of something or someone other than ourselves. We are comforted by messages that preach self-love, self-worth, self-worship and glorification. We love ourselves. We think extremely highly of ourselves. If left up to our own devices we would erect monoliths to ourselves all over the world taking pleasure in the global worship of our name. In Jesus Christ all of these are rejected as deadly lies. Your faith and the Gospel can only truly be measured by how your life is growing daily to know Jesus more. Do you rely on him more than you did one year ago? Do you take more pleasure in knowing him, learning about him, listening to him than one year ago? Are you partaking more and more in his suffering in this world as a result of the growing presence of his life in yours? You are not here to win arguments. You are not here to win people over by forcefully convincing and intellectually strong-arming them into grace. You are called to press on. You are called to give up increasingly more control over your own life letting God direct your steps in the present and the future. Are you rejected? So was Jesus. Are you ignored? So was Jesus. Are you mocked and humiliated, cast out and cast down? So was Jesus. Take comfort, Christian. You are valued by your heavenly Father and in Jesus you are welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven with the inheritance of the Son. Meditate on such things. Know him more. Pray for the world more. More will come to know Jesus before he returns but you are not here to win more. You are here to die more daily so that Christ can be revealed in you. But make no mistake, as Christ is revealed more in you, you will inevitably share in his rejection and persecution more and more. Never mistake your rejection for yours alone. Your rejection is His so that you could be forgiven and accepted like the Son.

 

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