Paulus am Ende seines Lebens: Treue und untreue Freunde

John Piper schält aus den Schlussversen des 2. Timotheus-Briefes (4,9-22) einige wichtige Lektionen über den christlichen Dienst heraus:

  • Christian ministry is relationally hard.
  • Friends in the ministry can let you down and never care for you again.
  • Good friends in ministry can let you down and still be good friends.
  • Jesus never intended that the enjoyment of his presence would replace the enjoyment of the presence of Christian friends.
  • Nevertheless Jesus is the only totally reliable friend for sinners. He is the only flawless friend. And therefore, the only all-satisfying friend. And therefore, the only friend who can make other friendships eternal.
  • Closeness to God at the end of your life does not remove the need or the desire to read and be spiritually nourished.
  • Finally, people with great influence and great authority don’t need great possessions.