Time For God: May 11

Written by Paul Beckingham

Focus: 2 Timothy 2:11-13
This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him. If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.
 
Reflect:
Bart died with Christ; but he also lived large. A true friend, he brought life to others. Couched in kindness his no-nonsense approach to life was evident to all. He made time for others. Bart’s faith was never empty theory; he sought ways to serve God by serving others. He gave of his goods; he gave of himself. His full heart reached out.

Flying the Eastern Arctic, he enjoyed a long career as a bush pilot. He hauled goods purchased from aboriginal communities to be sold by the Hudson’s Bay Company. Later, his routes took him over the Western Arctic. Fear of danger eluded him.

As a young man he drove a red sports car. His father did not approve. He had mapped out a different kind of career for Bart. As a good son, Bart tried to follow Dad’s plan. But it wasn’t him. Dropping out early cost Bart his father’s financial support. But Bart borrowed from his aunt to complete flight school; within two years he paid his debt in full. He was diligent and focused in faith and in life.
 
Over coffee, one day, he confided that he had crash-landed his aircraft on snow and ice no less than three times. He survived to fly again. Yet, Bart spoke in ways that never drew attention to himself. His stories built bridges into his listeners’ lives. He asked, How you are bearing up with the struggles that face you? Tell me about that.  

For over forty years he volunteered his time with Big Brothers. For eight years he spoke in schools on how to avoid sexual exploitation and abuse. In retirement, he rode his racing bike with an informal club of other people staying active and strong. You could never feel lonely in Bart’s company. He connected with others, heart-to-heart and shoulder-to-shoulder. Quiet authenticity became his personal hallmark.    

Bart witnessed to his faith in Christ by being present to others. His generous spirit  touched their lives for good. For if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him. If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself. He became a true friend.

Consider:
How do you practice dying to self and living for Christ? What are you currently enduring so that you might also reign with Christ? Denying Christ sometimes means saying nothing; how can you break silence with a timely word of faith, today?

Pray:
Faithful Father, Your plans for me are for good and not for evil; to give me hope and a future. I yield my own small plans to You. Savior, live Your life in me. Amen.

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