Saturday, June 05, 2004
2 Timothy 4:1-8
According to St. Irenaeus, a second-century bishop and doctor of the church, the glory of God is man fully alive. That quote is a fitting summary of Pauls exhortation to Timothy in todays reading. Paul encouraged Timothy to proclaim Gods word in good times and bad, whether convenient or inconvenient. He exhorted him to be calm and steady in all circumstances, to put up with hardships, and to fulfill the call that the Lord had given him. In short, Paul was urging Timothy to be fully alive in the power of the Holy Spirit, to be a light and a sign to those around him who had succumbed to false gospels and myths.
Two thousand years later, we live in a world that is very much in need of the proclamation of the gospel. And as children of God, we are called and commissioned to imitate Timothy in the way we live and speak. In a very real sense, its up to us to be fully alive in the power of the Holy Spirit, bringing light to those lost in spiritual darkness.
This can sound like a very intimidating call. But remember, the witness of the way you live your life often speaks volumes more than your actual words. Kindness shown to a neighbor, forgiveness offered to one who asks, and food shared with the hungry are all ways that you proclaim: Christ lives in me, and he wants to live in you also.
The more people see you living the Christian life, the more they will be attracted to it. Someone once asked a great preacher why more people werent thirsty for Jesus. His reply: Were not salty enough! Every day, decide that you are going to be fully alive in Jesus. Tell the Lord that you want to witness to him through your talents, your demeanor, and your acts of love. God has given you special gifts to use for his glory. So put them to work today and watch him multiply his return on those gifts!
Jesus, fill me with confidence. Give me the courage to reach out to others, both in my words and even more so in my deeds. Let your light shine out from me so that others may come to you and know your love, your mercy, and your power.