2 Timothy 1:11-18 Short Devotional by Chad

Have you ever felt so deeply like you knew you were supposed to do something that you were willing to do whatever it took to do it?  This happened to me several years ago when I was about to graduate from college.  I already had my dream job offer to work for a company in Virginia, and I was about to take it when I found out about an opportunity to attend graduate school at Georgia Tech for free.  After I visited the program, I felt so sure I was supposed to attend grad school that I turned my whole world upside down and declined my dream job to attend grad school. 

Paul describes this kind of knowledge that he had concerning God is his second letter to Timothy (remember Paul was in prison while he was writing this letter):

“And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher.  That is why I’m suffering as I am.  Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.” (2 Timothy 1:11-12)

Can you say like Paul that you know whom you believe?  Do you really know Christ, so much that you wouldn’t deny him if someone held a gun to your head?  That’s how well Paul knew Jesus, and you can feel the joy and satisfaction this relationship with God brought to Paul throughout his writings.

If you do feel like you really know God, that’s great!  Continue getting to know him by spending time in his Word and praying each day.  I’ve found that knowing God is not an accumulative thing but rather is a day-to-day adventure.  I can feel close to him one day, and then if I stop pursuing a closer relationship with him, I can lose that intimacy.

If you don’t feel like you know God, spending time with God is the only way to get to know him better.  Click on the tab “Tips on Spending Time with Jesus” on the left to get direction on what that looks like.  I’ve found that when I ask God to help me fall in love with him and then take steps to spend time with him, my desire to know God grows.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For anyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)

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