Our Christian lifestyle is more than a free-for-all.
We can’t just “wing it.”
There are rules for us to follow, instructions for maintaining our Christian witness, and standards for us to uphold.
2 Timothy 4:1-2 gives us five commands every Christian is expected to follow and a caution we cannot afford to leave undone.
“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: …”
This comes from the highest authority. It must be done.
Our First Command:
“… preach the word …”
We must, we must share the gospel with those around us.
Our Second Command:
“… be ready in season and out of season …”
We can’t turn off our Christian witness because it doesn’t suit us right now. This is a full-time thing.
Our Third Command:
“… reprove …”
We must constantly compare our lifestyle with the Word of God. To reprove means to find discrepancies so they can be resolved.
Our Fourth Command:
“… rebuke …”
We must expose wrongdoing in our lives, in the church, and in all situations.
Our Fifth Command:
“… exhort …”
We are to provide emotional, material, and spiritual support to those who are struggling.
Next comes our caution. We read the most important part of 2 Timothy 4:1-2. We are to do all of this …
“… with complete patience and teaching.”
What is patience? Endurance and tolerance for working through our disagreements. What about teaching? It is not just correcting others but taking the time to explain from the Word of God.
God expects us to maintain the standards he’s placed in his Word and to love one another and model ourselves after the example of his Son. Equally, we are to be kind and caring, and we can see that in the life of Christ, also.
Walking with Christ means living out his example of concern for those at his side.
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