God’s Word-2 Timothy 2
1 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 5 And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6 The hard-working farmer must be first to partake of the crops. 7 Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things. 8 Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, 9 for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained. 10 Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 11 This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him. 12 If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. 13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself. 14 Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers.
Paul tells Timothy to take the things he was told by Paul and give them to faithful men. The order of how Paul instructs here is important. Give the task to faithful me so that they can teach others. Unfaithful people are obviously not to be given responsibility.
If you look up faithful or unfaithful in the Bible, you will see this word all through the Bible. It is huge in the eyes of God. God rewards faithfulness. He does not reward unfaithfulness. Faithfulness is in the very nature of God. It is one of His most endearing traits. God is so faithful to us. He is so committed to us. And He expects faithfulness out of those He wants to bless.
To teach God’s word, then, a person must be faithful. Faithful in what? Faithful with the responsibilities. Faithful with discipleship. Faithful with friends and family. Faithful in prayer. Faithful to keep his or her word. Faithful. In essence, if a person is faithful with everything else, they will be faithful with God’s word and the ministry of God. And when God looks upon a person and calls them faithful, that person has arrived at a place of pleasing God. After all, the root word for faithfulness is faith!
1. In what ways are you faithful?
2. In what ways are you unfaithful?
3. Do you think you are able to be trusted with teaching Gods word?
4. Do you think you are able to be taught Gods word?