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2 Timothy 4:1-8
1 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
Reflection & Application
2 Timothy 4:1-5
- What five charges does Apostle Paul give to Timothy? With what attitude should these charges be carried out and why?
- What is the role of a spiritual mentor and what makes it difficult?
- Who are the people, or what are some of the sources, in my life that tell me things to “suit [my] own passions”?
- What truths in my life have I turned away from and which myths do I turn to instead?
2 Timothy 4:6-8
- How must I live in order to be able to say, along with Apostle Paul, that “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”?