Young leader, do your best

Thoughts on 2 Timothy 2

“You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus,”

‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬

What an encouraging phrase – short, simple, but powerful. Be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus. We may be weak, or feel weak sometimes, but being reminded that we are recipients of grace through Jesus – how it strengthens us!

“and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”

‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The essence of discipleship. It’s been a while…

“if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.”

‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:13‬ ‭ESV‬‬

I alluded to this in my post last week – all I can say is “thank you”..

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”

‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:15‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Irreverent babble, quarrel on words, foolish, ignorant controversies.. still happens now. And what does a young leader of the church do? It’s easy to get discouraged – especially when you’re not as eloquent or as critical of a thinker as others. Will God give wisdom? Yes. Will God give courage? Yes. Will God give compassion? Yes. 

What’s your part? Do your best. Plan time with God and God’s Word. Stick to it. Study. Pray. Your motivation? To present yourself – not to people – but to God.

“And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth,”

‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:24-25‬ ‭ESV‬‬

As you gain wisdom, as you gain courage, make sure you also gain compassion – kindness, patience, and gentleness – as well.

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