Keep Reminding Them of These Things

2 Timothy 2:14-26

“Keep reminding them of these things.”

I came home last night after a long day... and there it was… in the living room, a dirty cup, a used napkin, and a plate with crumbs on it. A year ago this would have set me off, but today I smiled. Where in my life do I leave the plate, napkin, and cup out for someone else to clean up, for someone else to get angry at?

Paul wrote his second letter to Timothy from prison. Paul’s second time in prison, but this time rather than house arrest he was in a Roman dungeon without his friends nearby. In fact, most of his friends left Rome, and only Luke stayed behind. I get the idea Timothy was a good friend of Paul’s, as Paul says in 2 Timothy 4:21 “Do your best to get here before winter.” Letters were scarce and hard to write from prison… so what was so urgent for Paul to tell Timothy, what was on his heart?

2 Timothy 2:14-17 “Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before GOD against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.”

I used to spend a good portion of my time quarreling with others: family, friends, and coworkers. For the life of me I can’t remember one quarrel which was worthwhile, which helped me develop a better relationship, which relaxed me, or deepened my faith.

2 Timothy 2:20-21 “In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the master and prepared to do any good work.”

I am this quote from Paul, gold and silver, wood and clay, saint and sinner. I have uncovered lots of wood and clay in my house and have set it out, so I can see the gold and silver more… but if I have learned anything from my journey with GOD, it is the more wood and clay I throw out, the more wood and clay I find. I know some of the things I used to think were gold and silver have turned out to be wood and clay!

2 Timothy 2:24-25 “And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that GOD will grant them repentance leading them to knowledge of the truth.

If Paul can preach kindness and compassion from a Roman prison … and Jesus, my Creator, Lord, and Savior can preach forgiveness hanging from a Roman cross, I believe I can show some kindness to those around me. It almost seems pitifully small compared to what saints have done before me.

As Paul says, I don’t hope that GOD will grant them repentance…” I have faith and pray every day knowing GOD leads me to a further knowledge of the truth… and what a wondrous, beautiful journey it is! AMEN! "

Precious Father, Loving God, Holy Spirit I pray this day for your help in supporting me to quarrel less. I pray from deep within my body, my mind, my soul to help me see and let go of the wood and clay, so I can more fully appreciate the gifts of gold and silver you have given me this day! AMEN!

Jim Dietvorst

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1. Lois wrote:
It sounds like God's talking through both the wood and clay and the gold and silver. It's a heart thing kindness, compassion, forgiveness. Thanks Jim, you always speak from your heart.

Tue, August 25, 2009 @ 8:41 AM

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