Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Urgent Matters - June 16, 2014

2 Timothy 4:2-8(GOD’S WORD Translation)
2Be ready to spread the word whether or not the time is right. Point out errors, warn people, and encourage them. Be very patient when you teach.

3A time will come when people will not listen to accurate teachings. Instead, they will follow their own desires and surround themselves with teachers who tell them what they want to hear. 4People will refuse to listen to the truth and turn to myths.

5But you must keep a clear head in everything. Endure suffering. Do the work of a missionary. Devote yourself completely to your work.

6My life is coming to an end, and it is now time for me to be poured out as a sacrifice to God.

7I have fought the good fight. I have completed the race. I have kept the faith. 8The prize that shows I have God’s approval is now waiting for me. The Lord, who is a fair judge, will give me that prize on that day. He will give it not only to me but also to everyone who is eagerly waiting for him to come again.

There are so many things that we are so urgent about. If we have children and grandchildren, we are urgent about them studying hard and getting into the right schools. We want them on the best teams and involved in the right activities, all to give them the best possible opportunity when they get older. As husbands, we are urgent about working hard to provide for our families and save for retirement, and as moms nothing is good enough for out kids and the well-being of the family. These are things that we are urgent about, that "call for our immediate attention", and we have to make sure that we do not fall behind when it comes to any of these things.

It has long been on my heart that there is a far more urgent business between us and those we love. We need to be urgent about how each and everyone we know will spend eternity. The salvation of those around us doesn't get much attention, yet it is a life or death issue that needs to get our immediate attention. You do not know when the next day will be the last for ourselves or one of those we care about, yet the well-being of our loved ones has to be our primary focus.

The Apostle Paul had such urgency in his message to Timothy. As he was preparing for his soon coming death at the hand of the Roman Emperor Nero, he had a message that needed to be conveyed to the ones he loved. If we are Christians, he wanted us to "be ready to spread the word whether or not the time is right" to "point out errors, warn people, and encourage them". He wanted us to be urgent about talking to our family members about Jesus Christ, conveying to each and everyone the importance of being right with God. He wanted us to be sure that we all have an answer to the question of what we believe about Jesus.

Paul knew that is time was short and he was urgent about his message; we too need to know that our lives are short, and in knowing that, we need to be sure that the urgent matter of eternity is taken care of for ourselves and others.

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