You then my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus

This weekend, Lord willing, many of us will be traveling to the Church Retreat. The theme for this year’s retreat comes from 2 Timothy 2vs1 – Be Strengthened by the grace that is in Jesus Christ.

Paul is writing to Timothy to encourage him not only in his faith but also in the task that has been entrusted to him. Timothy’s ministry task had not been an easy one. Within the church he had been facing challenges with some of the leaders, erroneous doctrine was creeping into the church, believers were beginning to compromise their faith. At the time of writing, we find Timothy very discouraged, and it appears that he has had enough and wants “out”. Yet Paul comes alongside Timothy and gently and lovingly encourages Timothy to be strong as he continues in the task and ministry entrusted to him. Note this strength is not to be found in Himself, but rather it is found in the grace that is in the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Perhaps you yourself, find yourself in a place where the things of this world, the ministry God has entrusted to you, and the challenges found both inside and outside His church have become overwhelming and discouraging. Well take heed of these words for yourself, “You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus…”. And just before you interject and say, “but you don’t know or understand what I am going through…” remember Paul’s own circumstances from which he is writing. Paul had been in prison in Rome, he was then released and allowed to stay in his own rented house under house arrest (Acts 28) But later under the Emperor Nero (66-67 AD) he finds himself once again in prison facing imminent death, and it is from here that he writes his 2nd letter to Timothy.

It is probably one of the most difficult things to do, to encourage a fellow believer in their faith when you yourself are feeling overwhelmed and disempowered by your circumstances, but it is also probably one of the most liberating things to do, because in encouraging others to depend on the grace that is found in Christ, it reminds us that we to can and must be dependent on that grace.

Take a few moments to read through 2 Timothy 2vs1-13

Your fellow servant in Christ

Dave

 

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