Summary: THIS SERMON DEALS WITH PAULS SECOND LETTER TO TIMOTHY. I DISCUSS THE FAN INTO FLAME THE SPIRIT.
FEB. 20, 2011
2 TIM. 1: 3-7
3I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. 5I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 6For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
INTRO; EVERY NOW AND THEN, I GET ONE OF THOSE EMAILS THAT BRINGS TEARS TO MY EYES. THE STORY IS ONE THAT JUST TUGS AT YOUR HEART. IN MY OLDER YEARS I HAVE FOUND A SENSITIVE SIDE THAT IS TOUCHED BY THOSE THINGS. WHEN I WAS A YOUNGSTER, THE RULE WAS, BOYS DON’T CRY. I DON’T CARE HOW BAD IT HURTS, DON’T LET IT SHOW. I DON’T REMEMBER WHO TAUGHT US THAT RULE, BUT WE LEARNED IT SOMEHOW. IT IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT I THINK WE LEARNED WRONG. THERE IS A PART OF EACH OF US, THAT MUST BE SENSITIVE TO OUR EMOTIONS.
PAUL IN WRITING THIS LETTER TO TIMOTHY IS SHOWING US SOME OF THOSE EMOTIONS. IF WE WERE TO TAKE THE TIME; WE WOULD FIND TIMOTHY TO BE AN EMOTIONAL PERSON. PAUL SAYS ABOUT HIM, I REMEMBER YOUR TEARS. TIMOTHY FIRST CAME ON THE SCENE IN ACTS 16. HE JOINED PAUL AND BECAME A FELLOW WORKER WITH HIM IN HIS MISSIONARY JOURNEYS. IN MANY REGARDS, PAUL THINKS OF TIMOTHY AS HIS SON IN THE FAITH.
NOW IN WRITING THIS SECOND LETTER TO TIMOTHY, PAUL IS IN PRISON IN ROME. BEFORE HE WAS UNDER HOUSE ARREST, HE HAD SOME FREEDOM. THIS TIME, HE IS UNDER LOCK AND KEY, WITH A GUARD STANDING OVER HIM. MANY SUGGEST THAT 2 TIMOTHY WAS THE LAST THAT PAUL EVER WROTE. SOON AFTER THIS WRITING HE WILL BE PUT TO DEATH.
PAUL BEGINS THIS AS HE DOES MANY OF HIS LETTERS, WITH THANKS GIVING. I THANK GOD FOR YOU. YOU ARE IN MY CONSTANT PRAYER.
THEN HE SAYS, I LONG TO SEE YOU. THIS IS AN EARNEST DESIRE AND IT REFERS TO THE INWARD IMPULSE. MY FATHER HAD DIFFICULTY TALKING ON THE PHONE, SO WHEN I WOULD CALL, I WOULD TALK TO MOM, AND HAVE HER RELATE IT TO HIM. MY FATHER WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER, AND AT HIS AGE AND HEALTH, NOTHING WAS GOING TO BE DONE FOR HIM EXCEPT TO MAKE HIM COMFORTABLE. WE WOULD TAKE OUR VACATION TO FLORIDA AND SPEND TWO WEEKS, AND I SPENT MOST OF MY TIME IN THE LIVING ROOM WITH MY DAD. KNOWING HE WOULDN’T SURVIVE THIS TERRIBLE ILLNESS, I HAD THE SAME DESIRE TO SEE DAD AS PAUL SPEAKS OF TO TIMOTHY.
PAUL ADDS TO THIS, SO THAT I MAY BE FILLED WITH JOY. PAUL DESIRES FOR TIMOTHY TO COME TO ROME AND SEE HIM. HE KNOWS THE JOY THAT BOTH WILL EXPERIENCE AT THAT REUNION.
THEN, HE DOES WHAT I FIND MANY OF MY OLDER FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS DOING, HE TAKES A STROLL DOWN MEMORY LANE. HE THINKS OF TIMOTHY’S MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER, AND HOW THEY RAISED TIMOTHY IN THE FAITH. THEY MADE SURE THAT HE LEARNED AND UNDERSTOOD THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS. THEY PLANTED IN HIM THE SEED OF FAITH. I GIVE THANKS TO MY PARENTS WHO DID THE SAME WITH ME. THEY TOOK ME TO SUNDAY SCHOOL, THEY DIDN’T SEND ME. THEN THEY LIVED OUT THE FAITH IN A REAL WAY, SO THAT I COULD SEE HOW IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE LIVED. IT FALLS ON EVERY PARENT TO PLACE WITHIN THEIR CHILDREN THAT SEED OF FAITH.