Change Your Investments, Part 2
Timothy is being encouraged by Paul to not let anyone look down on him because of his youth. The responsibility we have from the pulpit is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, to train people up in righteousness. We are to represent ourselves as people of the faith despite our age. We are to hold the text, the written of God at a high premium in our lives. We wait for someone to exhort us, but we are to be reading the Word and letting the Word exhort us before we get to service. When we don’t do what’s necessary to stir up and motivate the gifting that’s on the inside of us we will be ineffective to the degree that God can use us. (Part 3 of 3)
In the second letter to Timothy, Paul has some very direct instructions that he writes to Timothy, pastor to the church of Ephesus but first and foremost, his spiritual son. He wanted to make sure that Timothy was able to endure, withstand, and be steadfast despite life's opposition. Even though Paul writes to encourage his son as he pastors, this epistle provides encouragement to all believers to continue in the ministry of the church which is to encourage and continue to build up the Saints. Paul, while sharing these relevant things with Timothy, had to also remind him of the position and authority that he, Paul, stood in, as an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ.