In Paul’s day, people were twisting the truth and framing their religion in a manner that suited them. Like the old saying goes, “God created man in his image, and man has been trying to return the favor ever since!” It is for that reason, that a man of ministry has to keep his spiritual wits about him. Paul was warning this Godly young man to be ready for anything at anytime. So many religions look great on the surface– but when we look closely, they take on the nature and character of their human leaders and not the nature of our Lord.
As believers, we have to see that God’s way is specific. He will not share leadership. He is a gentleman. He will not force his will on us–but, if we allow him to lead, it will change us from the inside out and make us complete and ready for the eternal life we have received. He does not expect perfection–only a willingness to follow and believe. So, we as the ministers, have to be prepared to lead and to speak the truth, no matter the cost. If we will, like Paul and Timothy, then the Lord will use us to shape the lives of others, and truly leave a legacy. Further, he will complete us and make us into warriors for the kingdom and will direct our paths to a place we cannot even imagine. It is a wild–but great ride.
God Bless You
In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.