Dear 5x5x5 Readers,
I have just a few words as we started reading 2 Timothy today. You already know the relationship between Paul and the young pastor Timothy who was laboring in Ephesus. This letter is Paul’s farewell address, his last known correspondence. Paul is “passing on the torch” to the next generation as he knows his death is near. As a result, Paul writes on themes of staying strong, holding fast to the truth, preaching the Word in and out of season, training others who will carry on the kingdom work, and finishing the race well. He gives warnings regarding quarreling and the dangers of self-seeking godlessness. Paul finished well, but he certainly felt rather alone and abandoned – he had perhaps no idea that his labor would still be bearing fruit two thousand years later. Praise God for a life lived in surrender to Christ!