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March 22, 2015 - Embracing Who You Are - 2 Timothy 1:3-7

posted Mar 23, 2015, 11:31 AM by Grant Garber
  • Life confronts us with a lot of choices.
  • Maturity is about embracing who you are, who you have always been, and who you were before you even knew it.
  • Paul tells Timothy to rekindle the gift that is already within him.
  • Tradition is an inevitable inheritance.  But it does fall to the members of each generation to receive this inheritance, and then to mold and shape it during the years while they hold the baton.
  • Faith isn't something that Timothy chose.  It is something that chose him.
  • Lois and Eunice were real people who no doubt had real flaws, just like our mothers and fathers.  But these flaws didn’t limit the faith within them.
  • When the storms of life come – and they do for all of us – we need such a deep-rooted, sturdy faith that is more than the little faith we have constructed in our hearts.
  • Our society will give us so many reasons to be afraid.  It will try to make us cowardly.  But we have this powerful gift of faith. 
  • We also have love.  God loved us before we knew His name, or what it meant to receive and respond to His love.  And we have self-discipline.  That will save us from bad choices which only hurt us.
  • Our world will also keep finding ways to tell us that we are ordinary.
  • If you are just ordinary, then you can leave it to the important people to change the world.  If you are just ordinary, then you aren't responsible. 
  • No one can opt out of the great conflict between good and evil.  You have to choose a side!  Either you are working for the faith that is within you, or you are working against it.
  • Jesus loves us ordinary persons for extraordinary purposes.  That is what great faith can do in your life and mine.
Pastor Jim Spon | 2 Timothy 1:3-7