It's easy to begin a race, but it's hard to finish well. Our actions and attitude matter!
Father, let me live under the grace of a mentor after Your heart and mentor those You call me to with Your heart.
2 Timothy 4:1-8
What advice does Paul give Timothy?
Paul is so honest with young Timothy. He basically outlines the work that Timothy is called to and tells him to get on with it. Paul says six things.
First, God sees (1)--what you do is for the Lord, not anyone else. Be patient (2)--watch your attitude when you are speaking. Keep your head (5)--whatever the situation, be wise in your response. Share Jesus (5)--you have good news to share. Do it well (5)--fulfill all your responsibilities to honor the Lord. Last, keep going (5,7)--don't give up!
These six points are not just a reminder for Timothy; they are a challenge for us too. It is tempting to act as if we are living for a paycheck or the praise of others, when our work (paid or unpaid) is to honor the Lord. It can be easy to forget to share Jesus with those who don't yet know him. Under stress, it is hard to keep our head, and when the pressures are on, we are tempted to give up.
Paul knows that it is easy to begin a race but it is hard to finish well. Our actions and attitude matter.
Do you have a mentor who can lead you deeper into the things of God? Is God calling you to be a mentor?
Father, help me draw my life from You, so that I may keep my head and never give up the race laid out for me.