Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart;
wait, I say, on the LORD.
- Psalm 27:14
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Confirmation 2010
KJV 2 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,
2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;
4 Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;
5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

We recall in our school days of relay races and of the baton that was carried by the runners which was handed off by the one who was finishing to the one who would be continuing the next portion of the race. In order to make the transition, it was important that they synchronize their efforts so that the baton would not be dropped in the exchange so that the race would continue on smoothly. In our text today, we could compare this example with the "passing of the Gospel" between the Apostle Paul, who was imprisoned as he wrote this, and his young co-worker, Timothy. As Paul saw the end of his ministry in the not too distant future, he wrote a letter to his beloved son in the Lord in order to leave him with some important teachings concerning the Gospel. For he knew of the importance of making sure that the teamwork of preaching the gospel was kept intact so that the power of the Gospel would not be diminished in the transition from himself to his young co-worker. After recounting that the authority for his call into the ministry was by the will of God according ot the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, he extended the grace, mercy and peace to him from God our Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. He was thankful for Timothy, he remembered and prayed for Timothy, and wanted greatly to see him again, for it would bring him joy. Then Paul noted four things that were instrumental in the life of Timothy which had brought him to the place where he was, a servant of the Lord. He also called upon Timothy to "kindle anew" the gift of God that was in him. (#5)

1. He was nurtured in a Christian home. (5)
2. He had been ministered to by the Apostle (2-6)
3. He had been gifted by God according to the measure of His grace. (6)
4. He had the spirit of power, and of love and of discipline (7)
5. He was called to "fan into flames" the gift that he had been given.(6)

The Apostle sets before us the desired method of the Lord in that we would raise our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord so that from generation to generation the Gospel would be "handed off" to the next servants. May the example of the Apostle Paul instruct us today as we consider this teaching from our place of involvement/participation in the work of the preaching and teaching of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul, being aware that his time was short and that his days of personal preaching and teaching were nearly over, greatly desired to leave with his "son" and co-worker, valuable counsel and instruction which Timothy could treasure and utilize as he continued the race that was before him. (In this way the "baton of the gospel" was being handed over to him for his carrying of it forward) As one reads through the entire letter, it is difficult not to feel a sense the heart of Paul through the passion which flows from the words that he writes to Timothy/us. Please read, think and meditate over the entire letter.

As these beloved young people today give testimony of the faith that is in their hearts, may we as a congregation thank God for them, encourage them and continue to pray for them to the end that they would be faithful stewards of the gospel with which they have been entrusted. May they 'fan into flames' the gift which God has bestowed upon them so that they may be lights in this dark world. May they bring much glory to our God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ as they live in the power of the Holy Spirit, in the love of Jesus Christ and in the example of a disciplined and godly life.

Running together in Christ,

Pastor Orval Wirkkala

Posted on 27 Jun 2010 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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