Day 15

Be Strong in Grace

from the 1 & 2 Timothy reading plan


2 Timothy 2:1-13, Romans 6:1-14, 1 Peter 4:1-5

BY Seana Scott

The television dulled the sound of my sniffles. Everyone from school hung out at the homecoming game, but I sat on the couch, at home. A neighbor shared the gospel with me months before and I decided to follow Jesus Christ. But as I scrolled through sitcoms on homecoming night my sophomore year, I considered calling up my old friends and returning to our old habits.

But just the thought of rebellion made me nauseous. And then I realized something that surprised me. It was better to sit on my couch following Jesus, alone, than hanging out with the wrong friends. I had spent years living in rebellion and now, I wanted to live for Christ. 

When Paul told his son in the faith to be strong in the grace of Jesus Christ (2Timothy 2:1), Timothy faced much more suffering than teenage loneliness. He faced persecution, conflicts within the church, and the stressful responsibility of equipping believers. I wonder what his temptations might have looked like when he felt defeated, weary, lonely. Whatever they were, Paul encouraged Timothy to remain strong in the grace of Jesus Christ.

Sometimes we forget what it means to live under grace rather than the law (Romans 6:1–14). The law burdens us with unrealistic expectations and the unending anxiety of not measuring up. Grace frees us from all of that. But freedom through grace is something we have to stand in, remain in—as we endure whatever suffering we encounter (2Timothy 2:3,11–13). 

So how can we follow Paul’s encouragement and “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (2Timothy 2:1)? Paul gave Timothy spiritual instructions through three images that might also help us (2Timothy 2:3–7): a soldier, an athlete, and a farmer.

The soldier demonstrates our need to focus. When we keep focused on the grace of the gospel, we face our temporary suffering with strength because we know the promise we endure for—eternal life (John 17:3). The athlete metaphor is a reminder to live according to the rules of the kingdom. Sometimes when we endure opposition or trials, we are tempted to operate according to our own ideas, rather than the rules of the game. Finally, Paul encourages Timothy with the image of a farmer. Farmers rigorously till soil, plant seeds, water, and pull weeds, all examples of serving diligently.

Following Jesus is not easy—but He is worth it. And our coming reward is sure: we will live and reign with Him (2Timothy 2:11–12).

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62 thoughts on "Be Strong in Grace"

  1. Portia Strange says:

    Holy Spirit help me to stay focused like a good soldier, follow the the rules of Your Kingdom like an athlete, & serve diligently like a farmer!

  2. Ali Adair says:

    When I am faithless, He is faithful. Thank you Jesus.

  3. Sara Sheets says:

    Praying for Ella & Mom

  4. Gwineth52 says:

    What a difference in our life & the lives of those around us, if every morning, before our feet touched the floor, picked up our cell phone, or took the first sip of coffee, we said aloud, or softly whispered, ”Today Lord, find me useful”. Leave it to Churchmouse to serve us this fresh “fruit of the spirit”. Big thanks! And as we move through the day, let us see & spread the love light of the world. Thanks be to God!

  5. K Swenson says:

    KARIN BRIDLE and KIMBERLY ZIEHL, my heart goes out to you and your family members dealing with mental illness! Having experienced mental illness myself, I know how dark and scary it can get and I’m sure, as a family member, it can be discouraging and you can feel helpless! I know there is hope in Christ and one day every tear will be wiped away! Praying for you in the midst of the battle! For hope and for encouragement. Blessings upon each of you and your families.

  6. K Swenson says:

    Thank you, Gwineth52! I appreciate your encouragement more than you know!

  7. Anne Carlson says:

    AMANDA Praying each day that Christ will fill you with his Grace and Joy.

  8. Jennifer Yarbrough says:

    I pray that you all are getting them help. There are Christian Counselors.

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