2 Timothy 2:1-26

A Good Soldier of Christ Jesus

You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 11 The saying is trustworthy, for:

If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
12 if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he also will deny us;
13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful—

for he cannot deny himself.

A Worker Approved by God

14 Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 16 But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, 17 and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some. 19 But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”

20 Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. 21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.

22 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 23 Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, 25 correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

5 thoughts on “Essential 100-Day 88

  1. Dear Heavenly Father,
    Cleanse me from any impure or unhonorable thought or action so that I may be a vessel for you. Help me be a workman , approved by you, rightly dividing the word of truth . I want to be useful to you , ready for every good work. In Jesus’name. Amen.

  2. Praise the Lord!!!!! Depart from evil and do good so you will be a faithful servant of the most Holy GOD. Walk in victory and let your gentleness be known to all. Let your suffering help you become a good servant of Christ. God has a plan for his glory and our good.

  3. I will pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, and call on the Lord with a pure heart.


  4. Father, as Christ-followers arise this day, may we seek spiritual wisdom. May we reject the schemes of the devil. Help us, Father, to avoid evil, so as not to cause you pain.

    Hear the pleas of your children. Strengthen, heal, provide, guide those reaching out to you this day.

    Father, it is your will that none should perish, no not one. May the blind see Christ in us, may the deaf hear your son speaking through us today.

    The harvest is white…may our answer to you be, ‘Yes, LORD, here I am, use me.’

    For the cause of Christ,


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