Enduring all for the sake of others’ salvation.

Scripture:
Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. – 2 Timothy 2:10

Observation:
Paul writes to Timothy, his son in the faith, for the second time. In this letter, Paul exhorts the young preacher to continue on in the work of the ministry to which he had been called and received gifts through the laying on of hands. In this letter, Paul tells Tim that he, Paul, endures all things (sufferings, mistreatment, and other afflictions) for the sake of those whom God has chosen to be his children. Why? So that they may obtain salvation also.

Application:
Let us all take to heart the words of Paul message to the young preacher. There are enough people in “ministry” that misuse and abuse the calling of the office for reasons other than for which they were called. The five-fold ministry exists as gifts from God to equip other saints for the work of the cross. We are not called to serve ourselves but others. Therefore, if we are called to bring others to salvation, then let us do as Paul said and endure all things for their sake and their obtaining salvation in Jesus.

Prayer:
Father, help me to stay on focus and on task to which you’ve called me. If I am to endure and go through things for the sake of other future believers and disciples of Jesus, so be it. You bought me with the blood of Jesus, chose me to be yours and called me to serve others for this very purpose. I will endure all, as did Paul, for the sake of others’ salvation. With love from your son, servant, and slave. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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