Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
Can you think of sayings that have shown themselves trustworthy from generation to generation? Well, today Paul shares with us a trustworthy saying. Let’s top up our coffees and dig into it…
Readings for Sunday, October 13: 18th Sunday after Pentecost
Ruth 1:1-19a; Psalm 111; 2 Timothy 2:1-13; Luke 17:11-19
Here is a trustworthy saying:
If we died with him, we will also live with him;
If we endure, we will also reign with him.
If we disown him, he will also disown us;
If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
2 Timothy 2:11-13
Stop and take a moment to think on your life. Think about some of the things you may take for granted: Do you have people who love you? Did the sun rise today to give you light? Did you have a place to sleep this past evening? Do you have food in your stomach? Did you hear the birds singing? Did you see a beautiful sunset or budding flower? Do you have the health to get done what you feel you need to do today? Is your body taking in fresh breaths of air?
Have you acknowledged God and his faithfulness for any of these things? Whether we thank and acknowledge him for his care and creation or not, God remains faithful. Even if we are ignorant of him and faithless, he will always be faithful to his creation for he cannot disown himself and what is his. We are his whether we accept it or not. He is our creator and despite our sin and rebellion, he continues to lavish his blessings upon us all – those who believe in all he has accomplished for us and all who do not. The sun rises and sets on all creation!
However, the ultimate difference is what happens for eternity. God has set in place his plan of salvation for those he created in his image, for all of humankind. “He provided redemption for his people.” (Psalm 111:9a) He desires us to cling to his words of truth in the saving works of Jesus who paid the penalty for our sins. Therefore, if in this life we hold fast to the truth that our sinful flesh died with Christ, then we too will live with him… in eternity. If we endure and hold fast to Christ, our King, during our earthly days, we too will reign with him… in eternity. However, if we close the door and deny all that God has done for us and the redemption he has provided, then the door will remain closed… for eternity. Therefore, my prayer is that all people see God’s grace and mercy in all that they encounter today and always, here on earth and for eternity!
Prayer: Dear Lord, Thank-you for your faithfulness and care during each moment of each day! Please forgive me for taking for granted so many blessings that you bestow upon me and the means by which you fulfill my needs for this life. By your Holy Spirit, keep the door of my heart open to all that you have accomplished for me through Jesus, my Saviour, and because of him, I look forward to walking through your opened door to eternity with you. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!