posted Jul 20, 2015, 8:42 AM by Dale Barnes

 “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom. I give you this charge: preach the Word: be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage---with great patience and careful instruction.” (2 Tim.4:1-2 NIV)    

Our real view of the future will certainly affect our present actions.  Paul is telling this younger man to consider that Christ is going to judge all people, the living and dead.  This is clear!  It will happen!  Jesus is returning and things will be brought under his authority.  With this view, we need to serve God, and be faithful to the truth of God, even in very difficult times.  

In this letter to Timothy, the Apostle tells him that one of his workers had deserted him.(4:10) When he went to trial, no one stood with him.(4:16)  All the churches in the province of Asia had forsaken him.(1:15) He had been in prison or house arrest for over two years. (Acts 24:27)  So many things had seemed to go wrong. Yet, he writes Timothy to be faithful; God’s kingdom is coming and will last forever. Build and serve with the true vision of the future.

The Lord was compelling Paul to make the trip to Jerusalem, but in every place he stopped, he was warned by God that hardships and prison were waiting for him.  God was leading him, but big trouble was waiting. However, Paul saw the end of things and wanted only to “complete the task the Lord Jesus has given him...” (“Acts 20:22-24)

It is so easy to be sidetracked by the temporary and miss the eternal. The lasting truth is in Jesus Christ. Let’s set ourselves to follow and serve him. This counts for eternity!