“Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us;” 2 Timothy 2:11-12
After telling Timothy to endure suffering and the ministry like a good soldier, Paul now gives some encouraging words. He starts with saying that this is something that can be trusted in.
The first is about dying and living with Jesus. Many believers have gone through water baptism. This is a symbol of dying with Jesus. It is a dying to the old sinful self and only living for Jesus.
Although many go through the water baptism, many do not want to die. They will hold on to their past ways. Yet, if you die to your self, you will live with Jesus. Give up living for your own ways and follow Jesus. Your life will then be eternal and not just temporary.
Next is to endure. Every believer must endure hardship and struggles. Living a life following Jesus will bring about many challenges. It is described as a race that must be run. In order to win, you must keep going, to endure. You must not give up. If you don’t give up, in the end you will reign with Jesus for eternity.
The last one for today’s verses is if you disown Jesus, He will disown you. Disowning is turning away from, rejecting, not wanting a part of Him. Many believers have chosen to turn away from Jesus. Something bad happens in their life and they feel God is not real and walk away. Others continue to claim Jesus, but live a life that is completely against Him. Others refuse to talk to other people about Jesus.
If you choose to disown Him and have nothing to do with Him, He will allow you to make that choice. The consequence of that choice is that He will also disown you. You will no longer live with Him, nor will you ever reign with Him.
Do you want to live and reign with Jesus? Be willing to die to self with Him. Stay strong and true and endure the struggles with Jesus. Never, ever disown Him.
I pray today that you will die to your old self and sin; that you will endure all that God brings you to and through; that you will never disown Jesus in any way; and that Jesus will make Himself more real to you each day.