Today’s Reading | 2 Timothy 3
Anything & Everything
So often when we read our Bibles, we read over phrases that are packed with great meaning and contain important truth. We can miss the significance of those small phrases. Today, there is a small phrase tucked in the midst of this chapter which could change the way you view the Christian life. Did you notice it? Go back and read verse twelve again. Paul wanted Timothy to understand that he had been asked to endure suffering because of his faith. Paul reminded Timothy of the kinds of persecution he had experienced by the hands of the world. God’s deliverance of Paul was to be an encouragement to Timothy to faithfully continue his ministry. Right in the middle of his charge he said, “everyone who wants to live a godly life…will be persecuted.” This means that we too will suffer. Be prepared for it. It is a natural part of walking with God. It also means that, if we aren’t facing persecution, we may not be living the life God wants us to live. How about you? Do you want to live a godly life even if it means you will face persecution from the world? Although it will come, God will always rescue us. What does your level of persecution reveal?
What kind of persecution could one face if he were living a godly life?
Why do you think those who want to live godly lives face persecution?
What needs to change in your life for you to become more godly?
In light of this passage, what personal commitment can you make?