So today I was reading 2 Timothy and I felt like I needed to share some of it with you.
After reading a little bit, we get to the end of chapter two, mainly verses 22-25. In these verses Paul tells Timothy, his dear son in Christ to whom he is writing to, what a servant of the Lord should look like. He tells him what they should pursue and what not to pursue. This is what I was really drawn to tell you guys, so I’ll go on in kind of a question and answer format.
First of all, what is a servant of the Lord?
A servant of the Lord is a follower of Jesus Christ. They want to do what Jesus wants them to do and pursue what he wants them to pursue. Of course we all make mistakes and get off track, but Jesus forgave us for every sin we have committed and ever will commit. Jesus wants to be in a relationship with us, and he died so that would be possible.
What should we do as servants of the Lord?
As servants of the Lord, we need to do the following:
- Pursue a pure life
- Pursue faithfulness, love, and peace
- Enjoy relationships with those who love the Lord
- Don’t get into arguments that start fights
- Do not argue, but be kind to everyone
- Be able to teach [the Good News/ the Gospel]
- Be patient with difficult people
- Gently instruct people who oppose the truth
Of course we should also first love God by accepting and obeying his commandments (John 14:21, Matthew 22:37-40) and by loving him these fruits should begin to come into your life.
What exactly does all of that mean?
Still a little confused? That’s ok! Here is a better description of each aspect of a servant of the Lord.
Pursue a pure life:
- Stop doing the things that lead to sin. Paul says to run away from them! Jesus has already saved us from sin, but we are still humans and we will still sin for the rest of our lives. This is no excuse to not lead a changed life though. We are called to show the world the results of our salvation and to obey God (Philippians 2:12, Colossians 2:6-7, Titus 2:11-14, 1 Thessalonians 4:1 and 4:7, 2 Timothy 1:9)
Purse faithfulness, love, and peace:
- Be faithful to God and what he says in the Bible because all Scriptures are inspired by him (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Colossians 3:17)
- We are called to love God (by accepting and obeying his commands) and love others (Matthew 22:37-39, Colossians 3:14, 1 Timothy 1:14)
- We are also called to live peacefully with everyone, with the “peace that come from Christ” (Colossians 3:15)
Enjoy relationships with those who love the Lord:
- Spend time with other Christians, not just in church. We all need encouragement and words of wisdom to help us get back on the right track, those words need to come from the right source though: a heart devoted to God.
Don’t get into arguments that start fights/ Do not argue but be kind to everyone/ Be patient with difficult people/ Gently instruct those who oppose the truth:
- Do not argue, especially about myths and other beliefs opposing God (1 Timothy 1:4-5), because it may create divisions and unhealthy relations with both believers and non believers. Instead be kind and patient with everyone. In this way you will be showing the love of Christ.
- Read 2 Timothy 4:2 (mainly the end part) and then 1 Timothy 2:1 for what to do after gently instructing others
Be able to teach [the Good News/ Gospel]
- It is important to be in the Word so that you will be prepared to answer the questions of both believers and non believers at all times (2 Timothy 4:2). Once you have faith in something, anything, you should be able to confidently teach it, and if you are scared and maybe don’t have very much confidence, ask God and he will always give you what you need through the Holy Spirit. Very importantly though, don’t be scared of people questioning you for what you believe (2 Timothy 4:5, 2 Timothy 3:12, 2 Timothy 1:7-8)
I hope this has helped you all and encouraged you in some way, wherever you are in your walk with the Lord.
Amazing people, our Father loves you so much!