In times of great persecution, it can be tempting to fight or run away. Paul issues Timothy an interesting series of commands. First it is to be strong. This is a call to stay in the path that he has been trained in. He is not to deviate by added aggression, or by betrayal. Secondly, he must be strong in God’s grace. This grace is the crux of how God works with a finite humanity. Grace essentially fills in the gaps of our inadequacies and makes it so we can still partner with God, without being God. Lastly, it is a mind toward legacy. As Paul loved and taught Timothy, Timothy must seek out others to live and teach. No matter the persecution or situation, this is always the prescribed method of spreading the gospel outward and onward. We can become obsessed with advanced tactics and tools for new advancements in modernity but at the end of the day, this system works beyond the need for technology. It works no matter the cultures size or status. It has worked. And it will work.
Published by Josh McGary
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts