I recently spoke from 2 Timothy. The letter is honest, encouraging, and hopeful. The author’s words continue his journey of mentoring a younger friend.
The phrases reminded me of why many of us do what we do, and how we need to do what we do.
True purpose. Best practices. Healthy reflection. Clear instructions.
You can find other places to read the commentaries and articles on this epistle. You can study for depth, context, questions, related passages, and application.
But today, I ask you to read slowly and reflect deeply on these verses.
They were needed in that time.
They are needed in our time.
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 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: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 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. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
(2 Timothy 3:14-17, 4:1-5, NIV)