May 18th, 2021 – Very Early Tuesday Morning
“For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory.” ~2 Timothy 2:10
Two things especially stick out at me in this passage: 1. Paul is willing to endure everything he has already endured (including chains, attacks, near-death experiences, and more) for the greater purpose of seeing unbelievers become believers who obtain salvation in Christ Jesus. He cared not for himself, his health, his reputation, or his comfort; rather, his focus was on the kingdom of God. 2. The salvation to which all are invited, but few are chosen, comes with eternal (without beginning and end) glory (splendor, brightness, a most glorious condition, a most exalted state, etc.). What is seen now is of no comparison to what awaits; what is traded (self, sin, the world’s cheap and temporary pleasures) is not even mentionable in the same universe as what is gained (righteousness, holiness, permanent joy, incomprehensible peace, and eternal glory).
My friend, what are you living and dying for? Is it worth it? Paul found in Jesus the very reason for life itself and it was his joy and privilege to endure all things because he had the end in view – both of his labor (on behalf of lost, broken sinners becoming found, whole, and holy saints) and of what lies ahead of everyone whose identity is hidden with Christ. Let us not grow weary in doing good by the power of His Spirit and let us not become discouraged in the toils, trials, and sufferings of this short life; if our labor is in the Lord, it is not in vain and what we have to endure here will not even begin to compare to the eternal weight of glory that awaits us.
Look back and look ahead. Remember Paul’s purpose and our faithful Master’s love, then press on for the glory of God, the salvation of souls, and the glory ahead.