2 Timothy 2:1-4 – MAKE IT COUNT!
Colossians 3:17 – “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”
Whatever we do for the Lord Jesus must be done with sincere fervency! We might not get a second chance to make a positive impression in some one’s life. We must make whatever we do count for Christ!
When Paul wrote the Epistle of Second Timothy, he was preparing for his own departure from this earth. He was giving Timothy specific instructions that would help Timothy minister even after Paul had been removed from the scene. It is as if Paul is telling Timothy in Chapter 2, verses 1-4, “Make it Count! Tale advantage of your opportunities, and this how you do it! In this passage Paul speaks of:
SONSHIP AND STRENGTH – Vs. 1
Paul calls Timothy his Son, or his child. Timothy is called this because paul led Timothy to faith in Christ. Paul wants Timothy to “Make it Count” because he is Paul’s spiritual child, and because Timothy was a child or Son of God.
It is of the utmost importance that you make your life count by becoming a child of God. (Explain the Gospel using John 1:12-13.)
Coming along with sonship is strength. Paul instructs Timothy to be “strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” There are times when we will feel extremely weak, inadequate, and overwhelmed. Sometimes we will not feel capable of doing or facing what God wants us to do or face. We need the grace of Christ to carry us through. As a Christian, I am in Christ. I must appropriate His strength. John 15:4-7, Galatians 2:20
DISCIPLESHIP AND DISCIPLING – Vs. 2
Timothy was a disciple. He was a learner, an adherent, a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ.
He was discipled in the things of Christ, and Paul had taught him many things.
As disciples, we must continue to learn and grow. 2 Peter 3:18, 2 Timothy 2:15
As disciples, we must learn to disciple others. Paul told Timothy to pass on the things he had learned from Paul to faithful men who would be able to teach others.
We are all disciples of Christ. We all should be discipling others. Matthew 28:19-20
ENDURANCE AND ENTANGLEMENTS – Vss. 3-4
A good soldier of Jesus Christ endures hardship.
A good soldier does not get entangled with the things of this life.
As good soldiers we should:
Eat, but not be entangled in eating
Sleep, but not be entangled by sleeping
Take furlough, but not be entangled in vacation
Have recreation, but not be entangled in recreation.
We do these things so we can please the one who has enlisted us to be a soldier.