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I spoke with someone once who had retired from a long military career. Among other jobs he had filled, he had spent some time as a base commander. He said that was the loneliest time of his adult life. Nobody would talk to him though everyone saluted him.
In 2 Timothy 4:5-18 Paul expresses a similar idea. The apostle who everyone would look to as an example, who receives great honor in our generation, when he wrote to Timothy, had been deserted by all except Luke. If he were to be held up as an example, it would not be an example of victory, but of hardship. Maybe everyoe would salute him (doubtful), but certainly nobody was talking with him.
Christian workers often face this challenge, especially those who are in the pastoral office. While they are called to be steadfast in their work of evangelism, training, and passing the Christian faith to the next generation, it may be very difficult to get that next generation to speak with them. It seems everyone has walked away.
Would you like to do something great for your pastor? Be like Luke. Stay there. Remain in communication. Ask questions. Borrow a book (and read it). Grow in Christ.
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