2 Timothy 2:1-10
Context: Timothy has become timid in his ministry as the interim pastor. (2Ti 1:4 – crying; 1:7 – fearful; 1:8 – ashamed of the Gospel).
So, what are Paul’s words in 2 Timothy 2:1-10 meant to communicate to Timothy?
1. How to stop being a crybaby, sissy, simpleton, sell-out and become a conqueror for Christ. (Part 2)
1.4. Avoid all activities, interests, or people that may hinder you from living a life that Jesus will be super happy with. (v. 4; Heb 12:1)
What makes Jesus super happy?
1.4.1. When we love and live for His Kingdom (the Church). (2Co 8:23; Acts 2:42-47; Mat 25:31-46, 13:44-56; 1 Joh 5:3)
Signs that you don’t get this:
1.4.2. Your attendance at church (or fellowship with others) sucks because other commitments/activities get in the way. (e.g. work on the weekends, needing sleep, etc.)
1.5. Submit to (i.e. stop fighting or looking for an alternate) God’s plan (hard work and submit to the rules) of abundant life. (vv. 5-6)
Signs you don’t get this:
1.5.1. You get bad grades in school; you are always looking for the quick solution. (Pro 21:5); You avoid taking responsibility and instead play the victim for why your life sucks.
1.5.2. You think life sucks IF it’s hard. It is however, just the opposite. Life sucks when you have no options, which is what happens when you reject God’s plan (again, hard work and submitting to the rules). (Psa 119:45)
1.6. Spend time meditating on God’s Word to understand its connection to your life. (v. 7) Meditation is the prerequisite to understanding and bringing our lives under the obedience of Christ.
1.6.1. This means you must always be ready to make a biblical defense and give a biblical reason for why you do what you do. (1 Pet 3:15)
1.7. Remember Jesus did it giving you both the example and NO excuse. (vv. 8-13; Heb 12:5)
Go here to listen to part one: Becoming Conquerors for Christ, Part 1.