The opening verses form the basis of a good prayer to pray for every minister. Do you feel like Paul at times – deserted? Write to someone and encourage him or her. Take Paul’s example.
In both letters to Timothy Paul has been big on teaching and listening.
Here he layers over his point, he charges Timothy (and us) to,
“… Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.”
Preaching. Readiness. Truth-sayer.
What do we preach? God’s word!
Are we to sit back and count our chickens? Be ready at all times!
How do we tell the truth? With complete patience and teaching!
This is good wisdom for all of us.
God’s people, regardless of calling, preach His word to those around them in thought, word and deed.
We are all to be practicing godliness, writing God’s word on our hearts (as He writes it on ours), ready to be not ashamed (previous passage in this letter).
And we are to be productive people, reproving, rebuking and exhorting one another. And it’s important that we do this with complete patience and teaching. Don’t reprove, rebuke or exhort if you are impatient. Practice patience!
* Father God,
Please make us more like Jesus each day.
We love You, and want to point people to You.
Please help us be light and salt in this world.