Not what we wanted to hear

“In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” 2 Timothy 3:12.

Well, that’s not what we wanted to hear!

Here’s a description of the narrow road that few find, that Paul urges the young evangelist, Timothy, to travel. He begins Chapter 3 by describing the wide road that the many are on. It’s marked by “lovers of themselves, lovers of money … [those] without love … without self-control … lovers of pleasure … men of depraved minds” among many others.

All too easily we can see that the wide road is easy to travel and full of self-indulgence and self-gratification. And that would be great—except for that its destination is destruction.

The narrow but difficult road to travel is Timothy’s best path. Paul himself has been traveling it and cites the persecutions he’s endured, ending with this statement meant to encourage him.

The answer Paul offers to Timothy: “continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of.”

Far too often we settle for a quasi-Christian existence with a foot in each path when we should become more diligent students of the Word.

Are you continuing in what you’ve learned and have become convinced of?

Doug Kashorek

Plattsburgh church of Christ

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