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BY: Oluwatunbi Stephen Akindayomi
FROM: If Not for God "devotional"

Bible Text: "You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ." (2 Timothy 2: 1-3)

An obstacle is often an unrecognized opportunity. Paul knew that Timothy would need strength and endurance to fulfil the calling God gave him. This job of training leaders was so important that it could not be restricted to Timothy alone.

Those whom he had trained must also be given the job to teach others also but there was something that Timothy had to do “Endure hardship as a good solider” Timothy must take the attitude of soldier who expects to endure hardship for their cause. No real solider – or at least no good solider – ever gave up simply because some hardship came to them.

In the same way, if a believer is not willing to endure hardship, they will never accomplish much for Jesus Christ. They will give up as soon as something hard is required of them; they cannot fulfil Jesus’ call “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24). Timothy must take the attitude of a soldier, who is willingly to detach himself from the things of civilian life.

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