Timothy is the Pastor of the church in Ephesus. He was saved under the ministry of Paul. Paul is now in prison and is soon to die.
Paul writes to Timothy to encourage, admonish, and challenge him. The passage we are looking at today, 2 Timothy 2:1-7, we see Paul using action verbs to spur on Timothy.
“Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.6 The husbandman that laboreth must be first partaker of the fruits.7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.”
Paul reminded Timothy that the foundation of his faith is Jesus. Then he gave a principle of multiplication by committing what he has been taught to others. Each of us should be doing that. Endure the hardness that comes when ministering for Jesus. He is challenged to do his best work for the cause of Christ. Continue to labor.
All of us who are believers in Jesus Christ should take up Paul’s challenge to Timothy as our own. We are here on earth to minister for Jesus. You may not be a Pastor, but you might be able to be an encouragement to someone in need. God has given each of us an ability He wants us to use.
Use it and you will be blessed and you will be a blessing to others.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001