Memories That Inspire
As Timothy is challenged to the task of the future, he is inspired by the memories of the past.
(1) He is to remember his baptism and the vows he took there. In the circumstances of the early Church, baptism was adult baptism, for men were coming straight from heathenism to Jesus. It was a confession of faith and witness to all men that the baptized person had taken Jesus Christ as Savior, Master, and Lord. The earliest of all Christian confessions was this simple creed: "Jesus Christ is Lord" (Romans 10:9; Philippians 2:11). But it has been suggested that behind these words to Timothy lies a confession of faith that said, "I believe in God the Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth and in Christ Jesus who suffered under Pontius Pilate and will return to judge; I believe in the Resurrection from the dead and in the life immortal." It may well have been a creed like that to which Timothy gave his allegiance. So, then, first of all, he is reminded that he is a man who has given his pledge. The Christian is first and foremost a person who has pledged himself to Jesus Christ.
(2) He is to remember that he has made the same confession of his faith as Jesus did. When Jesus stood before Pilate, Pilate said, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "You have said so" (Luke 23:3). Jesus had witnessed that he was a King, and Timothy always had witnessed to the lordship of Jesus. When the Christian confesses his faith, he does what his Master has already done; when he suffers for his faith, he undergoes what his Master has already undergone. When we are engaged in some great enterprise, we can say, "Brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod," but when we confess our faith before men, we can say even more; we can say, "I stand with Jesus:" and surely this must lift up our hearts and inspire our lives.
(3) He is to remember that Jesus is coming again. He is to remember that his life and work must be made fit for Him to see. The Christian is working to satisfy Jesus.
The question he must always ask himself is not, "Is this good enough to pass the judgment of men?" Is it good enough to win the approval of Jesus?"
(4) Above all, he is to remember God. And what a memory that is! He is to remember the One who is King of every king and Lord of every lord; the One who possesses the gift of life eternal to give to men; the One whose holiness and majesty are such that no man can ever dare look upon them. The Christian must ever remember God and say, "If God is for us, who can be against us?"
I trust that this will stimulate your God awareness every day long. Don't let anything interfere with your God relationship.
Dear Father, You call people to follow You and do what You ask them to do. Oh, Father, there is a whole world to harvest for Your kingdom. So, please anoint all of Your children all over the world to reap the harvest while it is still time. So many people are dying from wars and sicknesses that there isn't time to wait. Now is harvest time. Amen!