• Mike Winters

Rejected

Paul writes to his disciple Timothy right after our go to LTC verse 2 Timothy 2:2 "2 The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful people who will be able to teach others also. There is this next verse that is very difficult for us as humanity to understand, It says "3 Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus." Paul is calling us as disciple makers and soldiers of Jesus to endure hardship and suffer it. This goes against our very humanity longing to live in comfort without going without anything like food, drink, sleep, and we could keep going. Often I ask myself what is the thing inside all of us that needs to be gone in all of us and there is one thing that stands out and it is PRIDE. Pride is the thing inside all of us that prevents us from becoming a good soldier of Jesus Christ because we would never want to be under anyones leadership. Pride keeps us focused on ourselves in keeping our self-esteem, self-respect, and our reputation. Paul is calling us to deny ourselves and endure hardship as a follower of Jesus. This brings about this question how do we endure hardship in one of the most comfortable nations in the world, USA, and put to death our pride? The best way to continually push down our pride and self-reliance is to go out and preach the Gospel to all and get rejected for His namesake over and over. Rejection over and over for Jesus is the surest way to put your reputation in the hands of our Savior. Friends go out and get rejected for Him as a good soldier!2 The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful [b]people who will be able to teach others also.3 Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.2 The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful [b]people who will be able to teach others also.3 Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

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