I was reminded tonight during Bible Study, of Paul and his last years-days in prison. He knew his time was drawing near to go before Nero and he also knew it could be his last visit with anyone before meeting his Lord face to face. 2Ti 4:6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. "
He calls for Timothy his Protégé or (his son in the faith) to come to him - bring his coat and his writing and reading materials. The urgency of the letter to Timothy is my subject tonight. 2Ti 4:9 "Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me: "
2Ti 4:13 "The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, bring when thou comest, and the books, especially the parchments."
Come before winter". "Come to me shortly" he said in the beginning of the 4th chapter of II Timothy.
He was feeling the urgency of his young friend Timothy to get to him soon, and come before bad weather. The coat would have come in handy during winter and the scrolls where his cherished documents.
Do we ever have an urgency to do something in particular? Do we follow through? Or do we think we will have plenty of time tomorrow.
I pray Timothy did go to be with his "father" in the faith. I do hope he carried with him the cloak and books Paul requested. I also pray he got there before Winter, and one last time had a heart to heart with Paul as he once had before Paul's imprisonment.
Don't be one of those that procrastinates. Someone may need you before their time of departure.
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