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Moving With The Gospel

2 Timothy 4:9-13
Do your best to come to me quickly, for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry. I sent Tychicus to Ephesus. When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments. (NIV)

Paul’s life would soon be cut short by a death sentence, but there was still much to do for Jesus. He longed that Timothy would come to see him, bringing a warm cloak and the writing scrolls he had left in Troas. As this letter shows, Paul was still keen for the gospel to be proclaimed strongly and faithfully and he wanted Mark (the gospel writer) to come as well, joining Luke (another gospel writer). There was so much to say to them and be recorded so that people like us might know the truth about Jesus and the powerful way in which the Holy Spirit inspired the Early Church.
Others had left Paul. The saddest departure was Demas, who had back-slidden because he loved the world more than he loved Jesus. But others, Crescens, Titus and Tychicus, had been strengthened by Paul and commissioned to go to other countries to encourage the church and preach the gospel. Everybody was on the move as Paul was preparing for heaven. It was critically important to Paul that a written record should be passed down to future generations.
Today, God’s people are moving all over the globe, in mission, on business and on holiday. Wherever they go, the gospel goes with them. But they must be sure to tell others. Likewise, the internet is a wonderful way to communicate the love of God and the cross of Christ. Over 30,000 people receive Word@Work every day, and over 5,000 have joined the Facebook group. Many believers have a personal blog, or recommend www.crosscheck.org.uk to tell their friends about Jesus. If you are a believer, you carry the gospel wherever you go ... just make sure that you do not hide it!

Gracious God. Thank You for sending Jesus to earth to die for me and for sending somebody to tell me about Your love and Christ’s salvation. Forgive me when I forget that You have called me to share Your good news. Please help me to remember that wherever I go I carry the gospel message which anyone can believe and be saved. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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© Dr Paul Adams