2 Timothy 2:1–13 (NKJV)

1 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 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. 3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 5 And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. 7 Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.
8 Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, 9 for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained. 10 Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
11 This is a faithful saying:

For if we died with Him,
We shall also live with Him.
12 If we endure,
We shall also reign with Him.
If we deny Him,
He also will deny us.
13 If we are faithless,
He remains faithful;
He cannot deny Himself.

2 Timothy 2:1-13
  • Points to Ponder
    • Be Strong in Grace
    • Raise Up Additional Soldiers
    • Endure Like a Good Soldier
    • Eliminate Distractions
    • Play by the Rules
    • You Will Eat of Your Labor
    • Follow the Example of Christ
    • Follow the Example of Your Leaders and Mentors
    • Endure and the Reward Will Come; Failure is not an Option

This passage seems to be marching orders of a sort from Paul to Timothy. Paul seeks to inspire and command his spiritual son for the battle ahead. Timothy has been in the arena, but the battle is not over. When life seems to be harder than you can handle, endure. Stand up against the enemy in the name of Jesus. The battle never gets too hot for Him. His shield will guard you. Jesus endured much and was wrongly accused, convicted, and killed, but He rose again. He will protect you and carry you through the worst days of your life. Stand strong, fight strong, and never give up. You will succeed, you will win, you will overcome if you keep on fighting!

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