No Guts No Glory
Paul had two goals for Timothy, and they are the same ones God’s man would have. Be strong and risk making an impact. One is for your spiritual character. The other is for your actions for Christ. One is being, the other is doing. When both come together, you have a powerful witness for Him.
To stay focused as God’s men, we must tap the strength of God’s grace. Picking his strategy carefully, Paul gave Timothy the secret to a long lasting witness for Jesus Christ. What saved us is also what sustains us as God’s men. If we focus on the love and forgiveness we were given, we become unstoppable for God. No doubt, no fear, no regret, no opinion or prideful thinking can overpower our witness. Its influence over us is too strong.
Paul knew Timothy needed regular reminders of God’s grace if he was to finish strong. Over and over Paul motivated followers to use God’s love and grace as fuel for the fight. “No,” he says to the Roman believers, “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). Paul reasons, if we believers can just get this one thing, we will become a force no enemy can overcome.
The power is in the grace. But the impact zone of this internal power is designed to explode outward in ministry. Paul directly connects the ten megaton grace warhead in the heart of God’s man to that natural desire in us to see others experience, understand, and live in that same grace.
Like Timothy, God’s men need this tactical reminder to stay focused and persevere. Some days will be harder than others, but God is pleased with His soldier. He rewards His champion and He brings abundant harvest to His hard-working servant. Timothy had the highest vision and noblest calling, but even this God’s man needed to be reminded by another brother.
Father, your love is overwhelming; help me share it with others.