What happens when life does not go as planned? What does life teach you in those moments? Notice the pattern of service set by a priest in today’s text. Keep serving God because help is on the horizon.
As Paul finishes his letter to Timothy, teaching him to finish well, he reminds him that he is not alone. As Paul remembers his friends, notice the slight but dramatic difference between the text’s main points.
Timothy had a responsibility to use what God had given him; and so do you. It is your duty, your obligation to serve the Lord. In order to finish well, Timothy needed to remember his duty. There is joy in serving Jesus; and you will find three steps leading to that joy.
Why do you do what you do? Paul reminds Timothy to ‘stay on message’ in order to effectively live out God’s Word. You, like Timothy, must be involved in knowing and applying God’s Word.
It is foolish to enter a situation unprepared. Many engage in the spiritual equivalent of trekking into the desert without adequate supplies. Paul wakes Timothy to the truth of his surroundings, instructing him to remember the calendar and prepare for difficulty.
If there is a position of power, at least one person will attempt to unseat whoever currently holds it. Paul encourages Timothy to hold tightly to his allegiance to Christ. You must also do this, because your master matters. A proper response to authority will show itself in the way you speak and the way […]
Paul’s ministry is nearing its end. He encourages Timothy to continue in ministry and reminds him of all he has at his disposal. Timothy must also remember his foundation. Like any good foundation, strength starts at the base. Consider the three pillars that form the foundation of Timothy’s ministry.