THEME: Reward for Righteousness
PASSAGE: 2 Timothy 4:1-10
HYMN: MHB 492 I THE good fight have fought
MEMORY VERSE: II Timothy 4:8 “Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the Righteous Judge will award to me on that day- and not only to me but also to all who have longed for the appearing.”
The text for reflection today points to the service which Paul rendered for the expansion of the Kingdom of God among the Jews and the Gentiles. Apart from his Epistles, Paul did more than any Apostle in preaching the gospel of Christ. He encouraged Timothy, his son in the Lord, to declare the whole counsel of God in season and out of season for the purpose of increasing the Disciples of Christ.
God has a purpose for calling preachers and bringing people to hear the Word. What God desires the Word to accomplish in the life of the preacher and the congregation is to correct errors in each person’s life, rebuke where necessary and admonish us to take up a new way of life. It is this that makes the Word of God benefit us. Therefore the Word is to correct the errors in our lives and give us better and brighter lives.
If the Word of God preached addresses the ills in your life, do not see the preacher as your enemy; instead, ask for God’s grace to amend your ways of life. If you allow the Word of God to correct the errors in your life, you will not fall prey to the false teachers, false prophets, false pastors, soothsayers, palm-readers that abound everywhere, and you will mature in faith. This will make you fulfil the command of the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-18, Luke 24:49, John 16:23 and Acts 1:8).
The righteousness of a Christian begins with the hearing of the Word of God and later being a doer of the Word. The reward of Righteousness is the crown. Work for this as you partake in the Christian race. Apostle Paul was sure of receiving this crown when he died. Are you sure like Paul?
PRAYER: Gracious and Merciful Father, give grace to your Church to faithfully apply Your Word to members’ lives in order to receive the crown of righteousness in the end, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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