Modern followers of Jesus can find great application in Paul’s solemn charge to Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:1-8. Timothy had served the local church for years. He knew the challenges facing a church leader from inside and outside the congregation. This season of his ministry was especially challenging as his mentor, Paul, was awaiting death at the hands of the Romans. One can imagine how distressed Timothy may have been with so many things happening around him. And yet, Paul charged Timothy to preach the word of God. He commanded that he be ready at all times to reprove, rebuke, exhort and to do so with complete patience as he taught. Paul warns Timothy that a time is coming when people will less and less endure sound teaching. Paul didn’t seek to encourage Timothy with empty platitudes but with the truth that God is present and He will judge the living and the dead. Like Timothy in the early church, we face an uncertain future as people reject the truth of God for lesser loves. Like Timothy, we must endure knowing that there is hope in Jesus for those who finish well.