We have mindless faith and rely on many things and in most people day after day. We get up, without thinking, and mindlessly flip the switch for the lights. Still sleepy, we habitually turn the handle to get water to clean up, fully expecting it to flow from the source. We trust that the toaster will make our slice of toast. We fully depend on the coffee maker to produce our awakening brew. We get into the car, turn on the power, fully expecting the engine to drive us to work. We travel with others on the roads and highways, trusting that they will stay in their lane so we can all get to where we want to be. Our minds wander, so much so, that we wonder how we even got to work! We arrive at work and have faith that others will show up and do their job so the work is accomplished. All of this is done because of faith we have in things and people around us. This life of human faith works—until it doesn’t.
If our only source of faith and trust in is things and people, we will soon be disappointed, disillusioned and eventually destroyed UNLESS we find rich faith in the One and Only who is the same yesterday, today and forever. Profound, deep, growing, realistic, faith that endures through all the hard times as well as the good times is in Jesus Christ. Paul teaches Timothy about this continually growing faith. This passage is so encouraging, so powerful and so real. Faith in Jesus, that becomes as habitual as daily tasks, is a rich faith that is to be guarded as a precious gift.
Faith that endures and lasts forever is described by Paul as a life lived with NO regrets! Bold faith lives to help others find and follow Jesus in faith, too. Honest, sincere faith in Jesus is “loving and sensible”. Faith is focus on Jesus, kept “ablaze” by our Master Jesus who keeps us growing and maturing in His ways. Faith is assurance of where we are and where we are going, who we are and who we are becoming, all in Jesus Name, for Jesus, in Jesus for His glory and praise!
Paul says it best, from a heart bursting with the love of Jesus, “I have no regrets. I couldn’t be more sure of my ground—the One I’ve trusted in can take care of what he’s trusted me to do right to the end.
Friends, take Paul’s words to Timothy into our hearts, minds and souls as encouragement today;
“So keep at your work, this faith and love rooted in Christ, exactly as I set it out for you. It’s as sound as the day you first heard it from me. Guard this precious thing placed in your custody by the Holy Spirit who works in us.
This precious thing is called faith in Jesus Christ, the One and Only who saved us. Things and people will let you down. But Jesus? Never.
“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” –Jesus (Matthew 28:20)
2 Timothy 1, The Message
1-2 I, Paul, am on special assignment for Christ, carrying out God’s plan laid out in the Message of Life by Jesus. I write this to you, Timothy, the son I love so much. All the best from our God and Christ be yours!
To Be Bold with God’s Gifts
3-4 Every time I say your name in prayer—which is practically all the time—I thank God for you, the God I worship with my whole life in the tradition of my ancestors. I miss you a lot, especially when I remember that last tearful good-bye, and I look forward to a joy-packed reunion.
5-7 That precious memory triggers another: your honest faith—and what a rich faith it is, handed down from your grandmother Lois to your mother Eunice, and now to you! And the special gift of ministry you received when I laid hands on you and prayed—keep that ablaze! God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.
8-10 So don’t be embarrassed to speak up for our Master or for me, his prisoner. Take your share of suffering for the Message along with the rest of us. We can only keep on going, after all, by the power of God, who first saved us and then called us to this holy work. We had nothing to do with it. It was all his idea, a gift prepared for us in Jesus long before we knew anything about it. But we know it now. Since the appearance of our Savior, nothing could be plainer: death defeated, life vindicated in a steady blaze of light, all through the work of Jesus.
11-12 This is the Message I’ve been set apart to proclaim as preacher, emissary, and teacher. It’s also the cause of all this trouble I’m in. But I have no regrets. I couldn’t be more sure of my ground—the One I’ve trusted in can take care of what he’s trusted me to do right to the end.
13-14 So keep at your work, this faith and love rooted in Christ, exactly as I set it out for you. It’s as sound as the day you first heard it from me. Guard this precious thing placed in your custody by the Holy Spirit who works in us.
15-18 I’m sure you know by now that everyone in the province of Asia deserted me, even Phygelus and Hermogenes. But God bless Onesiphorus and his family! Many’s the time I’ve been refreshed in that house. And he wasn’t embarrassed a bit that I was in jail. The first thing he did when he got to Rome was look me up. May God on the Last Day treat him as well as he treated me. And then there was all the help he provided in Ephesus—but you know that better than I.
Faith in you brings peace no matter what I am going through or what I am involved in at present. Faith in you brings confidence I never had before knowing you. Faith in you calms my ever-changing emotions and feelings. Faith in you reminds me of your rescue. Faith gives me boldness to tell others about you. Faith gives me the ability to love others like you love me, not expecting anything in return, but just loving people unconditionally. Faith in you makes each day lighter, easier to manage. Faith in you is life to the full. Faith in You goes deeper each day that I know you. Faith is knowing you know me well. Faith is assurance of love forever by Someone who will always be with me in all ways. Thank you for growing my faith each day. I’m listening—going deeper still in my faith in You!
In Jesus Name, Amen—No regrets!