Seize the Moment – Day 293

“But you…”

2 Timothy 4


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Monday, January 4, 2021, the eleventh Day of Christmas.


There is so much going on right now that it is easy to become discouraged by things out of your control or get distracted by all the voices and actions of people around you.


Listen to 2 Timothy 4:1-4, some of Paul’s last words to Timothy,


I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.


After very clearly charging and then warning Timothy, Paul says to him, “But you…”


You have heard me say that the two most powerful words in the Bible are, “But God…”; that, no matter our situations, we can trust God. As those words, “But God” become the bedrock of our lives, we can then live out Paul’s “but you” in his final words to Timothy.


No matter what other people are saying or doing, “but you…”

No matter how out of control current events are, “but you…”


You, stay focused on what God has given you to do. Jesus once said this very same thing to a very distracted Peter, “…what is that to you? You must follow Me!” (John 21:22).


Seize the moment and remain faithful to God’s call on your life.


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