“You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings — what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. . . But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3:10-11,14-15, NIV)
In these, Paul’s final words to his protege Timothy, we have the commendation of a holy life to another person walking the same path.
What will we “senior” disciples commend to those coming behind us? Does our lifestyle, purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, and our personal testimony of the Lord’s deliverance from perils give them courage and hope in their time of testing?
A benefit of our pain and suffering is our testimony of God’s faithfulness through all of it. When those who know us best look at our life, do they see a faithful God and an unyielding hope; or is it something less? – Luther