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Senior Minister Ricky A. Woods
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2 Timothy 2:1-7
A critical part of Christian faith is our need to share our faith with others. The word and the work of God is to be passed down from generation to generation as well as shared broadly with the existing community. Paul calls upon Timothy to teach this vital lesson to the church at Ephesus in order that the work of God as well as the ways of God would be known.
There may be no greater need in our community today than the need for biblical literacy where there are persons who know the gospel story and know how to share that story with others. When there is a lack of biblical literacy, the void is filled by a lack of understanding that breeds selfishness and individualism in the name of freedom and religion.
Paul goes further to provide three examples for Timothy of why it is important to ensure the gospel is shared with faithful persons who will continue to pass the story on to others.
First, sharing the gospel is akin to a solider whose aim is to please his commanders by not becoming distracted. A solider has to be responsible because issues of life and death can be determined based upon how he/she responds with the responsibility given them. No matter what may be going on--the world pandemic or otherwise--we should not be distracted from our responsibility to share the gospel story.
Next, Paul uses the illustration of an athlete who has to compete according to the rules in order to win a prize. The athlete has to know the rules for the games he participates in and each game has its own rules. Thus, believers need to know the word of God in order to share the word of God. Remember, salvation is not because of our words but in the power of His word.
Lastly, Paul says it is the farmer who does the work who receives the first share of the harvest. Sharing the faith is work that requires patience and trust in the process. There will not always be quick results from our witness but the absence of results should not dissuade us from always being ready and willing to share the good news about Jesus Christ. We have a story to tell worth sharing and hungry people are waiting to hear where bread can be found.
As the old hymn makes clear, “Lift Him up for He still speaks from eternity. If I be lifted up from the earth, I’ll draw all men unto me.”