Comments From Our Pastor
As Christians, aren’t we thankful for the instructions that the apostle Paul wrote for us to study and apply in our lives to help us become more Christ-like. He who began a good work in us will continue to perform it until the day of Christ Jesus.
Paul, writing in 2 Timothy, uses three examples of reliable men who will be able to teach others.
First, Paul uses the example of a soldier. The soldier must be able to endure hardship in training, in battle and in his personal life. As believers, we are in a spiritual battle for we battle not against flesh and blood, but against demonic powers. The Christian life is not always easy, but we have the Holy Spirit living within us to empower us to live and walk in a way that honors God. He gives us the power to resist the evil one and serve Christ.
Second, Paul uses the example of an athlete. The athlete has to compete according to the rules. We know that the enemy has no rules of engagement. He prowls as a roaring lion seeking someone to devour. The athlete has to train, to build up his strength and endurance. As believers, we too have to train ourselves to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise
for both the present life and the life to come.
Third, Paul uses the example of a farmer. Farmers that I know work hard. They till the ground. They plant the seed. They fertilize the crop. They control the weeds. They protect the crop from insects. In some cases during a drought, they water the crop. In the end comes the harvest and the sale or storage of the crop. We long to see the harvest, but not all participate in it. Some plant, some water, but God causes the growth.
Paul goes on to tell Timothy, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,
a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” So, we prepare ourselves so that we can help prepare others.
It is our desire at Hope Evangelical Free Church to be instruments of noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.
We invite you to come, visit, and use your gifts and abilities for God’s glory.
Sincerely in Christ,
Rudy Junek, Pastor