~ How Are You Doing? ~
Seven Christian character traits are displayed in the seven word pictures of a Christian in 2 Timothy 2.
A Son ~ “You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (verse 1). Family relationships are indicative of affection.
A Steward ~ “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (verse 2). Being a good steward is a matter of faithfulness.
A Soldier ~ “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (verse 3). Anyone who has served as a soldier will relate the great need for endurance.
An Athlete ~ “And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules” (verse 5). Being a good athlete involves mastering the skills.
A Worker ~ “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (verse 15). An effective worker is known for diligence.
A Vessel ~ “Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work” (verse 21). Clearly from this verse we see the need for fitness.
A Servant ~ “And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by Him to do His will (verses 24-26). The closing verses of this great chapter end with a summary trait of obedience.
How are you doing in God’s eyes?
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW
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