2 Timothy 2:10
10 Therefore nI endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain othe salvation that is in Christ Jesus with peternal glory.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (2 Ti 2:10). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
While I was walking to meet my wife for breakfast and contemplating on this new coming year 2018, would I want to make some new year resolutions? (Knowing I won’t be able to keep them and why would I keep making New Year resolutions anyway?). I thought of the 3 challenges or questions that really weighing in my heart like a big iron chain. Maybe it is time that God is reminding me that my self worth is not rooted in the security of my job, security of my ability, or even security offered in the safety of my family (Wife, Mom, even in my dogs), it is in God. That’s why the 3 challenges came like an iron chain that is tied to my neck and slowly eating me away. After 30 years of Christian faith, have I even began to understand what it means to endure everything for the sake of the elect like Apostle Paul. I may have thought by working and earning money and giving money away, be it to support others or to bless others Would I be able to endure for the sake of the elect, and could I pay the cost of following Christ?
Taking one step at a time, with small things in putting Him first, time to re-adjust my anchor of my faith from the perishable things (Career, Job, money, guitars, family, dogs) to Jesus, and just doing one thing faithfully, spending time with Him in devotion and Reading His Word (with more than just reading). The 3 challenges – Fractures of my faith in God, Struggles in Marriage, and last, Am I called to this job and career, could very well presented a turning point while waiting in 2018, walking with God to experience this change of my heart.