|4:9||Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me:|
|4:10||For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.|
|4:11||Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.|
|4:12||And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus.|
|4:13||The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.|
|4:14||Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:|
|4:15||Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.|
|4:16||At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.|
|4:17||Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.|
|4:18||And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.|
It is the last Sunday of family month. Our family should not be a broken family like the soybean flour. We should put down ourselves and have oneness. Ephesians 4:2-3 is the word of God given to the church and family, which he personally made. Satan`s strategy is to make a believer`s family as a broken family like soybean flour. No matter what situation you may be in, you should live the useful life for the Gospel just like today`s title. If your standard of selection becomes the Gospel, you will never live a life of regret. Apostle Paul lived this kind of life. Today, we will take a look at 2 Timothy for the last time, apostle Paul mentioned about his fellow workers when he ended his letter to Timothy, before his time schedule of martyrdom. Through today`s scripture, I hope all of Yewon believers in the name of the Lord, live the useful life for the Gospel until you finish your mission and have the evidence of being a pillar of God`s temple.
1. Life of Only
In verse 10 Crescens and Titus had left Paul due to their Ministry, but the problem was Demas.
Because his closest ally Demas betrayed and left Paul, Paul’s heart was very hurt. The sentence ‘For Demas, in love with this present world, has gone’ shows us that Demas turned back to the life that was abandoned by faith, for his own safety. Simple put, he was not ‘Only’. Depending on your status of whether you become ‘Only’ or not, the schedule of when you have to sacrifice and dedicate will come. Thus, your real intentions can be determined. If you become ‘Only’, you will not leave from the Lord but be more close to him in midst of difficulties. You can offer yourself more when the church faces the schedule of dedication.
You don't need to give only materialistic things. Serve God as you are given grace by God. Those who are given grace and make a lot of money should commit their full attention to their industry. I hope your center yourself with 'only'. I bless you to live your life as a winner who can take everything without losing the crown that God gives you.
2. Life of a Beautiful End
3 people appear in this context. They are Luke, Mark, and Timothy. These people were faithful co-workers who were beautiful to Paul at his end times. Timothy was a faithful son of Paul. And not only that Luke was responsible for Paul's physical health as a doctor, but also that he recorded Acts and Luke. And the last co-worker who shared the last time delightfully is Mark. Mark recorded the Gospel of Mark, but he didn't get along with Paul. When Paul traveled on the first evangelism tour, Mark accompanied Paul. However Mark left Paul and went back. What is important is that Mark renewed and changed about the past and also Paul forgave him and carried out the ministry with him. Anybody can make a mistake. However, the outstanding characteristic of the Gospel is a receptive capacity. Now our church is having the first half-year 333 movement. We have 2 ways in doing this. The first is one on one evangelism and the other is inviting long and short-term believers who are not coming to church. Every person is under construction, as they have various wounds in their lives. We should see and forgive one another from the viewpoint of the Gospel. May Yewon church believers have a spiritual change once again and be swept by the wave of spiritual growth to become the good community of Christ through the 333 movement.
There was a deaconess whose occupation was an insurance salesperson. Her sales record was highly ranked in the city of Jeon-Ju. So she was promoted to the manager of the sales office. What is more is that, she was really enthusiastic in preaching the Gospel. She did God’s work and God did her work. But unfortunately, she was diagnosed with stomach cancer and only given a few months to live. However, she did not blame Him. After the diagnosis, she ordered 100 18-karat gold rings with the cross engraved on them at the jewelry shop. And she handed them out to nonbelievers because she had thought that they might return to the Lord on the account of the gold rings. Many souls accepted God thanks to the deaconess. She lived for God regardless of her life and took a step of faith forward to live a useful life for the Gospel. May all of Yewon believers live a useful life for Gospel under any circumstances and become a true disciple, giving God the best glory.