2 Timothy 2:14-26 Pick Your Battles

You don’t have to be screaming to be just as hurtful. Is this point THAT important?

Paul begins to focus on the church Timothy is shepherding. There seems to be a lot of unproductive quarreling going on. Debates over matters that don’t matter. It’s time to let the unimportant go and focus on what really matters; being a “worker who has no need to be ashamed” (verse 15b).

This body was caught up in arguing over meaningless things. So many “debates” seem critical at the time. Where and how do you draw the line between what matters and doesn’t matter? I guess the “dividing line” is eternal consequences. Does this issue really matter in the end? Read more »

One More Day

So sorry! I planned on adding new content today but so much had gone missing that it took me a LONG time to get things back to how they should be. Tomorrow y’all.

 

2 Timothy 2:1-13 Stay The Course

Push on to the finish line! It IS worth it!!!

Paul continues to encourage Timothy to continue on in the office Paul placed him in. He got there by Paul’s direction but under God’s authority and will. His service too, had a lasting impact.

When I think of Timothy I wonder how he felt in this position of authority. We know he was a young church leader. He joined Paul while he was in his teens and spent about 13 years with him. So that put him probably somewhere in his 30s when he was the leader of this body of believers. The culture of his time equated wisdom with age. So did he feel like he had nothing to contribute? Did others look at him with suspicion because of his position? Jesus was only 30 when His ministry began. People wondered where He got His wisdom too. I don’t know. Maybe I’m making something more of his age than was actually an issue. But Paul did mention it several times, so maybe not. Read more »

2 Timothy 1:3-18 Fire Tenders

Work is involved to make a warming fire.

Paul continues to encourage Timothy to move out into the gifts God bestowed on him. He reminds him of his heritage of faith and where his hope truly lies.

Paul starts by reminding Timothy that they both come from a line of faith. I’m wondering if the “ancestors” Paul is referencing was Abraham. It is clear that the Pharisees didn’t serve God with a clear conscience. Their service was NOT from the heart but from a formula. This is not the faith that Paul and Timothy share.

Timothy had a believing mother and grandmother. I’ve heard it said that a grandmother’s prayer can shake the Heavens and move mountains. I think this grandmother falls short in that respect but I do pray for my grandchildren (and children) every time I think about where they are with God. This was Timothy’s legacy of faith. I wonder his grandmother prayed for his salvation every day. Read more »

2 Timothy 1:1-2 Security Questions

Specific and unique identifiers.

Paul is writing again to his son in Christ, Timothy. Timothy holds a special place in his heart. He starts his letter with his personal greeting, as is his custom.

The way Paul opens his letter to Timothy sounds too formal for a “father and son” letter. I believe there was a reason for this formality though. There were forgers and false teachers out and about passing themselves off as our gospel heroes. Paul even mentioned a forged letter in 2 Thessalonians 2. He knew others were out there impersonating him or signing his name to things that he did NOT teach or ascribe to.

I believe Paul’s official greeting was like a secret code or security question he inserted into his letters. Sure, others could copy some of his phrases but the recipient would recognize how Paul put his pieces together. Paul uses the exact same opening in his first letter to Timothy. I wonder if they agreed upon this greeting beforehand to protect against forgeries. Read more »