2 Timothy 4:1-8 1 I’m giving you this commission in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is coming to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearance and his kingdom. 2 Preach the word. Be ready to do it whether it is convenient or inconvenient. Correct, confront, and encourage with patience and instruction.3 There will come a time when people will not tolerate sound teaching. They will collect teachers who say what they want to hear because they are self-centered.4 They will turn their back on the truth and turn to myths. 5 But you must keep control of yourself in all circumstances. Endure suffering, do the work of a preacher of the good news, and carry out your service fully. 6 I’m already being poured out like a sacrifice to God, and the time of my death is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith. 8 At last the champion’s wreath that is awarded for righteousness is waiting for me. The Lord, who is the righteous[b] judge, is going to give it to me on that day. He’s giving it not only to me but also to all those who have set their heart on waiting for his appearance.
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]
Looking Inside Paul’s Words
It is the insistence of God (perhaps) and continuing influence of Yeshua’s Way that makes us insurrectionists for the Commonwealth of Peace and Justice. It is as one of the insurrectionists that I solemnly urge you (actually it is more than just urge, I want to insist in the name of God. Perhaps.)
Never hesitate to be the message that we proclaim — that abundant living is only found when we turn the priorities of the world upside-down and inside-out… dying to self is the only way to find one’s true self; caring for the poor is the only true wealth of life; giving up power is the only pathway to transformation; the open and effusive love shown by children trumps the calculating deceit of adults every time; true justice is about restoring relationships, not exacting punishment on those who are different and/or threatening.
Be persistent as a living witness to that message even though many label you as deceitful, atheistic, or even the Anti-Christ. What you are is an insurrectionist for the Commonwealth of God’s Peace and Justice. Even though it is not easy, stand tall in the Way that you have chosen (or is it the Way that has chosen you?).
As for me, I suspect that my time is about to come to an end. I have invested my life in the Way because an inner voice of insistence won’t let me be at ease unless I am attempting to live my life as if the Commonwealth of Peace and Justice were the normalcy of civilization. I pray that, as my life and ministry winds to an end, the Commonwealth will become more and more the norm… that the least, the last, the lost, and the left out will be embraced and have their needs cared for… that those with means will understand that status, prestige, and power must be relinquished in favor of participation, relationship, and compassion.
That is what I am awaiting; that is the Appearance, the Advent for which generations have longed.