For the Sake of the Elect

10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. 2 Timothy 2:10-11

Even though Paul went from city to city as an evangelist and teacher, he seemed to care for the leadership wherever he went. He knew how fragile they could be. But he also knew the spiritual dangers and pitfalls they could experience. He wanted them to succeed, much like a good father wants his children to succeed.

So when he wrote that he endured everything for the sake of the elect, he was saying what he himself had already accomplished.

Pray for your pastors and their families today. They endure a lot of spiritual battles that none of us know about. They are under pressure from church members, leadership, their supervisors, and even their neighbors. The task of pastoring and caring for the flock within a church is not easy, but rarely do they complain about their role. Pray that they will be refreshed with the Scripture just as you and I are refreshed with the Scripture when they teach it. Send them a quick note to let them know you’re praying for them.

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