Summary: We are all called to impact our world for Christ regardless of the situations of life.
A CHARGE TO KEEP I HAVE
FEBRUARY 10, 2002
INTRODUCTION: One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway, it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey; So he invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed
as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!
TRANSITION THOUGHT: What will keep you in the Faith? What will keep you from washing out? What will keep you from being a “Wimp” where Jesus is concerned? What will keep you from Giving up? Our text stands in contrast to the thoughts of quitting. The Apostle Paul encourages his young apprentice to stay true to the faith while others do not. This is one of those classic-rallying speeches given at half time. This is a charge! This is a call to commitment! These are marching orders! The war is on! Are you ready for battle? Are you ready to get on board and get out? Hear the Charge, respond in like manner, and fulfill your Lord’s command!
THESIS SENTENCE: We are all called to impact our world for Christ regardless of the situations of life.
ARE YOU READY TO RECEIVE YOUR CHARGE? A CHARGE TO KEEP I HAVE:
I. THE CHARGE IS GROUNDED IN EXAMPLE
A. The example of persecution (vv. 10-13)
1. External opposition: The Apostle Paul shares the reality of the journey with Timothy, who already knew! But don’t we all need to be reminded? In the great reminder comes the word: “Persecution!”
2. Internal/ inward suffering: Verse 12 seems to be one of encouragement: NOT! This is the reality of the journey, but you have my example to follow as well as the example of many others!
B. The example of early instruction [(vv. 14) 2 Tim. 1:5]
1. Not only did Timothy have Paul, but there were others!
2. Notably, his own mother and Grandmother!
ILLUSTRATION: A study once disclosed that if both Mom and Dad attend church regularly, 72% of their children remain faithful. If only Dad, 55% remain faithful. If only Mom, 15%. If neither attended regularly, only 6% remain faithful. The statistics speak for themselves--the example of parents and adults is more important than all the efforts of the church and Sunday school.
Warren Mueller in Homemade, May 1990.
3. He had seen the life lived!
4. The charge is to remember and act!
5. Where are we today? Where are you today?
C. The example of the Word (vv. 15-17)