Friday, March 1, 2013

Poured Out

This morning as I was watching the news, Michelle Obama was being interviewed.  She was asked about how she felt about some of the criticism that has come about from her announcing the winner for the best film at the Academy Awards.  Her response was that there was a lot of media out there that allowed for an expression of opinion and continued, "That means at any point at a given time, somebody’s not going to like what you do. That’s just the nature of things." (read the entire article here.)  She is right; no matter what we do, there will always be someone who disagrees with it.  So do we go through life trying to please everyone, or do go through life trying to please God?  Today's reading with the Community Bible Experience takes us through the book of Titus and 2 Timothy, where Paul is mentoring other leaders in the church.  In both books, there are themes along the same line.

Paul wrote to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:12-14 (NIV), "In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of..."  Paul reminded Timothy of the fact that the truth will not be something that many people like and believers will face persecution, but we are to continue on in our pursuit of a godly life.  He urged Timothy to press on in his faith and to encourage all the believers to continue on.  Paul gave Timothy this reminder of the great hope he and all believers have in the walk with Jesus (2 Timothy 4:5-8 NIV):
"For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing."
Isn't that an encouraging reminder?  We are poured out as an offering to the Lord when we sacrifice for Him.  And to all who believe and follow Jesus, there is the crown of righteousness we will see at the end of the race.  Praise God!

Are you willing to press on even when others don't like it?  Are you willing to be more concerned with what God wants for you than what other people want?

This post is linked with Faith Filled Friday.

1 comment:

  1. yes, this scripture is a reminder for me....how timely (as always) is your post!

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