The Slippery Slope
Paul did not want Timothy to suffer the same identity crisis that was filtering through the Christian community in Asia Minor.
Just as Paul preached that there was only one Gospel, there were false teachers teaching that there were other ways to know God. Paul wrote to Timothy to admonish him not to be ashamed of God's truth. He was to preach the Word of God in season and out of season (2 Timothy 4:2).
In other words, Timothy was to be prepared to teach God's Truth regardless of the circumstances and without compromise. He was to teach it according to what had been given to him through the apostle Paul. There was no provision for false doctrine; Timothy was to preach God's Word with conviction no matter who stood up against him.
Are you standing strong for what God has taught you? Or are you wavering in your faith? The moment you begin to compromise God's Word, you begin to slide down a very slippery slope that leads to ruin.
Just like Timothy, we are certain to encounter false teachers among us today. There are people who claim to be teaching from God's Word, but instead they speak falsely, saying that all religious roads lead to God.
There is only one way to God and that is through Jesus Christ. We cannot work our way into heaven. We cannot buy salvation. It is a free gift given to us by God as result of His grace. Timothy understood that preaching God's Truth would bring alienation, discrimination, and persecution. He was faithful to the call God had placed on his life. Are you faithful? Are you doing what God has given you to do?
Prayer: Lord, thank You that it is not my works, but Your sacrifice that has brought me salvation. I long to live a life that is worthy of the calling You have given me. Help me to live by Your Spirit, that I may accomplish Your will. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain" (1 Corinthians 15:58).
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