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2 Timothy 3:14-15 
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. (NIV)

The prospect of persecution, and the stresses of church leadership, might have made nervous Timothy (2 Timothy 1:7) want to step back from his responsibilities as the leader of a gospel church. However, Paul urged him not to give up (2 Timothy 1:8 ; 2:1 ; 4:1-5 ), not just because of duty or personal loyalty to Paul, but because the Word of God is true and the gospel is powerful. God’s salvation had come uniquely to Timothy through faith in Jesus Christ.
Timothy’s personal faith was at the core of his ministry. His service for the Lord was not a job but a lifestyle. He knew that God had spoken to him through the Scriptures and that they had proved utterly reliable – assuring him of eternal salvation through Christ and providing wisdom for his life and ministry. Timothy was not a professional acting out a role, but a practitioner trusting in Jesus Christ. And yet Timothy needed to be reminded to keep following Jesus and believing the Scriptures.
We need that reminder too. It is easy for the pressures of daily life, family, business or even ministry responsibilities to get in the way of our personal relationship with the Lord. The solution is simple: reinvest in your relationship with Jesus Christ as You read His Word and talk to Him about everything. Of course, it is good to be encouraged by the example of others through whom you have come to believe in Jesus, but we cannot be ‘professional’ Christians, we must be practitioners. The only way to stay fresh and confident in relationship with Jesus is to receive His Word and practise living it every day.

God whose Word is true. Thank You for Your Word which has shown me how to receive Jesus and start trusting Him. Forgive me when I allow the pressures of life to obscure my view of Jesus, so that I let go of my spiritual life-line – Your Word and the privilege of prayer. Please help me to develop a fresh appetite for Your Word and may I learn how to obey what You say to me. Then please enable my service for You to be more productive. Help me to keep going in Christ and in ministry. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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© Dr Paul Adams