2 Timothy Chapter 4

By August 9, 2018REAP

Read //
2 Tim 4:11
Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry.

Explore //
Mark has had an interesting relationship with Paul. In Acts 15:36-41 there is an account of a strong disagreement between Paul and Barnabas regarding the reliability of Mark. So passionate was the argument that it divided the group. Yet in 2 Tim we see Paul asking for Mark and recognising him as a “useful” person for the cause of the gospel.

Apply //
You may be in a season when you feel like you are disappointing someone. You may have even recently let someone down. Mark disappointed Paul, he did fail in his task at the time, and he may have not been ready at that time, yet that did not disqualify his future. Mark did not shut himself down because of failure, but looks to have grown from the experience. We all fail at some stage; this does not mean we are a failure, or that we can’t try again later. The grace of God spreads further than our shortcomings and we can trust “God is faithful” to stand back up, take a breath, thank God, and take one step at a time.

Pray//
Lord help me to see your grace in my failure, help me to see your love in the disappointment. I know I am not perfect, but thank you I am yours. Help me to be an encourager like Barnabas knowing we all make mistakes. Thank you God for your faithfulness, You have a plan for my life and you can work miracles in all our lives.