By Grant Vissers
This passage begins Paul’s final instructions to Timothy, where Paul once again speaks over Timothy’s life and straight to his identity in Jesus. I remember the first time someone spoke the word leader over my life. It was a powerful experience and I remember it to this day. That’s the influence an older leader can have over a younger leader. That is the influence you can have over someone in your life. You have the ability and influence to speak words of truth into someone’s life. Maybe it’s not the word “leadership” but maybe it’s; “child of God,” “beloved,” “daughter,” “son,” or even simply, “loved.” See even though we might not all be leaders, we all have influence. I believe that God puts people into your life so you can speak into their life. Sometimes altering the course of their life forever.
Here are the words Paul speaks over Timothy:
“But you, Timothy, are a man of God: so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses. 13 And I charge you before God, who gives life to all, and before Christ Jesus, who gave a good testimony before Pontius Pilate, 14 that you obey this command without wavering. Then no one can find fault with you from now until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.”
We’ve titled this week’s section, “Where are You Weakest?” but the more I think about it, the more I think a better title would be, “Where You Are Strongest.” Did you notice some familiarity with the qualities Paul names for Timothy? Faith, love perseverance, and gentleness? They sound very similar to the fruits of the Spirit that Paul names in Galatians; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentle-ness and self control. You see, what I think Paul is reminding Timothy is that he is at his strongest when he is rooted in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Timothy’s strongest place in life and in leadership is rooted in Christ.
The same is true for you and for me, our strongest place in life and in leadership is being rooted in Jesus Christ.
- What does it mean to be rooted in Jesus?
- What words (good or bad) have been spoken over your life recently?
- Who might be in your life right now whose life you could speak into? What word would you speak?