October 20th (19th Sunday After Pentecost): “Equipped For Every Good Work”

Main Text: 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 (Genesis 32:22-31; Luke 18:1-8)

The
readings this week stress persistence in our approach to God. When we step up,
we are invited to do so with confidence knowing that God has everything we need
for every good work. Jacob wrestles with God and would not let go until God
blessed him. He had so much confidence that this blessing would be there that he
did not even let go when in pain from his hip being dislocated. Paul urges
Timothy also to persistence in sharing the Gospel no matter what the
circumstances. He points to scripture not as something to be wielded but used
for the purpose of equipping and training everyone for good work and to carry
out ministry fully. The Gospel has Jesus asking the question that if
persistence works with the unjust judge, how much more will it work with the
one who loves justice. Step up with persistence before God and God will equip
us with faith for good work in the name of Jesus!

WRITTEN BY: Abiding Presence

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