Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus. The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments. (2 Timothy 4:11-13 KJV)
Change is something constant to us. From people to the current news to the weather, we cant escape change. In the life of the apostle Paul change is unavoidable. Writing to his last letter to Timothy, we can observe that winter is coming and it will make his prison condition worst. And also we should not forget his impending execution. A very bleak future for apostle to the Gentiles. Despite of these predicaments, Paul shows till the very end what really matter in his life. And for us Christians, may these 3 essential things be ours too and take hold of it like Paul did:
1.) Relationships– that includes not only family and friends but your spiritual family and of course your personal relationship with God. Verse 11 Paul is talking not just friends but people involved in his ministry. In the end of his life, the brethren still matters to him. Friend, who are you with today? Are you investing quality time with people who cares for your spiritual well being? Are they building you spiritually or pushing you away from God?
2.) Contentment – Paul told pastor Timothy to “bring the cloke” or winter coat because winter is coming. This is a man who is waiting for his execution. But why didnt ask for more from Timothy? Well he could ask for sumptuous food, fine clothes etc. to give him comfort, after all his days are numbered. It wouldnt hurt if Paul will have a bit of Why didnt do that? Here’s the key:
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffe need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:11-13 KJV)
Paul learn to be content with God’s grace. He draws his strength from his Savior. His completeness in life is Christ. Life is not about the pursuit of having more or having less but dependancy towards God.
3.) Word of God – verse 13 “bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments. ” The books or scrolls can be parts of the Old Testament or his letters that are inspired. In any rate it pertains to the Bible. If you’ll gonna live in a secluded island for the rest of your life, what three things will you bring? Probably you will pick food, clothes and other amenities. I remember someone answered question. He will bring all his Beatles records to the the island because that is enough for him. Christian, the Bible matters to Paul. So it is to us. It not just give us direction, guide or rules in living but the very life itself:
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63 KJV)
Knowing from the Scriptures the new life God wants to give to us, Paul despite his coming death, he is putting his life to what God has promised. May we Christians seek these important things. You dont have to live it out at the very end, we should start now!