2 Timothy 2:8-10 – Fix this picture firmly in your mind: Jesus, descended from the line of David, raised from the dead. It’s what you’ve heard from me all along. It’s what I’m sitting in jail for right now – but God’s word isn’t in jail! That’s why I stick it out here – so that everyone God calls will get in on the salvation of Christ in all its glory.
I’ve been struggling with the flu for the past week, which has made my devotional writing so difficult. Usually I’m scheduled ahead of time by a few days, but the flu has made it impossible to write for longer than half an hour a day (if that). I’m tired and weak, and if I’m totally honest – fed up.
In a moment of weakness I mentioned to my mum that I could take a 2 month break from the devotionals, due to my flu, the business of the wedding, the wedding itself and the honeymoon. Her response was an immediate no.
I’m sure that Paul was fed up when he wrote that verse. Most likely more fed up than I am (I’m sure prison is worse than my flu… right?). But he had grasped the Gospel. He knew who Jesus was and exactly what He did for us on that cross. He knew the weight of the Gospel knew that He needed to press on and stick it out.
I can’t give up now, just because it’s difficult right in this moment. I need to stick it out, dragging myself through the difficult time with my Bible in one hand and Jesus holding the other.
Here’s my encouragement to you to keep pressing on in the face of difficulty. Stick it out, my friend.