Devotions: 2 Timothy

A devotion based on 2 Timothy 4:6.

The Apostle Paul had a long and fruitful ministry. From the moment he met the risen Jesus to his patient waiting in a cell before his execution, God had used him in a mighty way. Looking at his letters, it is likely that in the early years that Paul expected Jesus to return in his life time. This would have meant that Paul would not die but would be transformed at the second coming. Eventually, Paul realized that he would experience death in this world. He faced it with grace and faith.

We don’t like to talk about death. We attend funerals as if they were something unusual. We find it hard to believe that the friend or loved one died, even if they were at an advanced age. The truth is that we will all face death. This should not lead to despair but to a conviction that we must live each day as if it were our last. Do not put off the things that matter. Do not hope to make better later what needs to be healed today.

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