Car washes are found in every city across America. Drive in one side, dusty and dull, and we come out the other looking new again.
However, how many of us take the time to get out of our cars and polish the chrome before we drive away? Or are we content to look clean from a distance, hoping no one inspects us too closely?
Paul was always one to make sure he paid attention to every detail, to leave nothing to mar his relationship with other people.
Paul made sure he polished his chrome.
Paul writes for the last time. In his final missive, he charges Timothy to walk in Christ’s steps, lays out the many facets of a good soldier, and warns Timothy of pitfalls that he might face along the way. Yet, after all his words of exhortation, Paul takes the time to do one last thing. In 2 Timothy 4:19-22, he takes the time to polish the chrome.
This is Paul’s final benediction, written to Timothy, but given as a lesson to us all. It is an example we can all follow.
First, Paul greets his oldest friends, and then he mentions his most stalwart supporter. He has not forgotten those who were with him from the beginning, or Onesiphorus, who stood with Paul during his darkest hour.
Second, Paul recognizes people who have been influential in his life, including one who needs prayer.
Third, Paul requests something for himself, a cloak for the upcoming winter.
Fourth, and most importantly, Paul acknowledges Christ as his one true purpose in life.
How can we follow Paul’s example? We can look up an old friend and meet for lunch. We can thank someone who has been influential in our life. We can ask others for help when we need it. Above all, we can place God first in everything we do.
When we follow these steps, our relationships with others will shine, because we will have stopped to polish life’s chrome.
Our Christian walk is about people, because it is through our relationships with others that they see Christ living in us.
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