Take a moment to open this time in prayer. Ask God to bless you as you read and reflect on the text.
Please read 2 Timothy 4: 1 - 5
These words that the Apostle Paul wrote to his friend and son in the faith Timothy are thought to be some of the last words he ever wrote. Thus, it could also be concluded that Paul believes these words are very important. Timothy was leading a church at the time and so that is how Paul directs his words in this passage. However, followers of Jesus are meant to minister to all people and thus these words should be important to all followers of Jesus. All followers of Jesus are supposed to: preach the gospel in word and deed, correct people with patience, understand Biblical truth and “keep their heads,” in all situations. These words are a difficult charge but one that is meant to be taken seriously.
Please use the following questions for more reflection.
In this passage Paul gives Timothy some warnings and a charge. What are the warnings and what is the charge?
Of the instructions that Paul writes to Timothy which are the most difficult for you to live out? Which are the easiest to live out? Should what Paul writes to Timothy apply to all followers of Jesus today or only some? If you fail to live out these instructions do you give yourself grace?
At the end of the text Paul challenges Timothy to, “discharge all the duties of your ministry.” What is your ministry in your life right now?
Closing - Use the prayer below to end the devotion or close in prayer in your own words.
Gracious Heavenly Father, thank you for these words in Second Timothy. Lord, this charge is a great challenge. When I fail to live out these verses I pray for your grace and I pray that you will help me give grace to myself. But Lord, may I also take the challenge seriously and try to live these words out in my everyday life. Amen.