2 Timothy 1:8-14
Jesus called but who among us has answered? Have we picked up the Holy telephone or have we left the earthly answering machine on? Have we told the unholy secretary to hold all calls? Or have we responded, “Speak, for thy servant heareth” (1 Samuel 3:10).
Called by God
Call = to command
Here, Paul is in prison and writes to Timothy to tell him that he must resist being ashamed of bearing the testimony of the Lord. Timothy must boldly endure his portion of afflictions for sharing the Gospel.
The Lord promised blessings for those who do suffer.
Timothy needed to remember that, while Paul was in Prison, he was still kept by God’s power and was doing more for Christ’s glory than others who were free. He did not need to let the fear of imprisonment keep him from preaching boldly.
Commissioned by Christ
Commission = authoritative order, a charge
Paul stated that Timothy needs to understand that God’s grace and purpose was the source of his ministry, and that his salvation was not the result of good works. Christians are called to fulfil the holy calling. It does not matter about your status in social circles, your wealth or lack thereof, or your educational background.
Consigned by the Holy Ghost (Spirit)
Consigned = set apart or devote to
We may be in this world, but we are not to be a part of it. We are to let our light shine before others.
Matthew Henry’s Commentary – Thou hadst a soul committed to thee, how was it employed? In the service of sin, or in the service of Christ?
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