April 221, 2021 – Thursday
2 Timothy 1:11-12 NIV
11 And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher.
12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know Whom I have believed, and am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.
Paul was in prison in Rome for the second time when he penned this second letter to Timothy. Yet we read in verse eleven above what he did in ensuring the gospel or good news of Jesus Christ was shared. There seems to be a quiet pleasure in the telling; how he was appointed by Jesus as a herald (a proclaimer of the good news), an apostle (chosen by Jesus to share the good news), and a teacher (teaching the good news). Not bad for a man who once persecuted followers of Jesus.
Then in verse twelve, That is why I am suffering as I am. For all the roles he played or rather positions he held is why he is now suffering, in prison awaiting his death sentence. But he is not complaining, not at all. First, he says, Yet this is no cause for shame. He has no shame in the suffering he has endured and continues to experience as it was all a result of his service in sharing the good news of Jesus.
Then he adds the following powerful declarations, because I know Whom I have believed, and am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day. Paul never waivered in his belief and trust in what Jesus had shown him. He knew! Further, he was convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day. Paul was not a wishy-washy believer, he was convinced to his core Jesus was guarding what He had granted him, eternal life for his soul. [U]ntil that day, the day he would see Jesus face to face. He looked forward to that day knowing he had given everything to share the good news of Jesus, to live as Jesus wanted him to live.
When I read of this and think on what it means, I wonder about my own commitment, if I am doing all that I can. I wonder how deeply I trust and how willingly I will entrust my life to Him should that day come. Whether it is Paul 1,960 years ago or Richard Wurnbraand 70 years ago, I hope and pray to have their conviction when my time comes. I hope and pray the same for all of us who follow Jesus.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Deepen my faith, my belief, my trust in You and Your Son. Let my walk be one of conviction concerning the good news of Jesus Christ as I look forward to the day when I will meet Him. – In Jesus Name. Amen.