A Consistent Life
“But thou hast fully known my doctrine,
manner of life … ” (2 Timothy 3:10).
Someone has suggested that this would be a wonderful epitaph on the gravestone of a believer. The sense here is to live a life so others can fully know what I believe — my doctrine, and how I live out what I believe — through my manner of life. The key is to be a positive influence in every place and to everyone. If we’re going to impact people, we need to live a life of consistent integrity. The Apostle Paul could pen these words with confidence at the end of his life and service for Christ, knowing that he had indeed lived what he believed according to the teachings of the Holy Scriptures — some of which he himself had been used of God to write by divine inspiration.
Notice what else he adds to the list of things that Timothy and others had observed in his life: “purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, persecutions, afflictions” (2 Timothy 3:10-11). Will you have this kind of testimony at the end of your life?What could be said about you at your funeral or on your gravestone?