Here and Now devo Nov 18
by David Joynt on November 18, 2022
2 TIMOTHY 1:6-7, 10-12 | 6 For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands, 7 for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.
10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11 For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher, 12 and for this reason I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard the deposit I have entrusted to him.
Paul encourages Timothy to rekindle his spiritual gifts and to remember that the Holy Spirit does not foster fear in us, but rather a sense of strength, love, and self-control. Paul writes from jail and is honest about his own suffering. Yet, he sees that difficulty and his being sustained in the midst of it, as a confirmation of his calling and the truth of the gospel (see verses 10-12).
Mature Christians who have gone through suffering and struggle are in the best position to encourage younger believers.
Has your own suffering seemed to confirm your calling?
Has it re-enforced your confidence that Jesus has “brought to life and immortality to light through the gospel”?