Today you should read: 2 Timothy 3:10-17
Paul begins this passage by praising Timothy for how Timothy has faithfully followed him (v. 10-11). There are two things about discipleship that we should see from these two verses. First, discipleship is about doing life together. Timothy would not have seen Paul’s patience, love, and sufferings had he not been with him. Paul taught these virtues to Timothy as well as demonstrated them in his life (and if I can be honest, demonstrating something often has more impact than just teaching). Secondly, if you are discipling someone, it is important to encourage them. Timothy must have felt so encouraged when reading this from someone who loved him so dearly.
Next, from this passage, we see that persecution will come to those who live a godly life (v. 12-13). Do not be surprised when Satan is attacking you. Satan is going to do everything he can to not allow the advancement of the Gospel. But when that happens, do what Paul tells Timothy to do, “continue in what you have learned and firmly believed” (v. 14). When Satan attacks, the best thing to do is run to God and His Word. I know many of us know that’s what we should do, but how often do we try and take matters into our own hands? Listen, Paul reminds us of what God’s word can do. It is “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (v. 16b). So when Satan attacks and you don’t know what to do, turn to God and His Word for instructions. When sin is ruling your life for a season and you don’t know how to get out of it, turn to God and His Word for correction. God has given us His Word so that we “may be complete, equipped for every good work” (v. 17).
My prayer is that you will see the importance of God’s Word. It is much easier to fight Satan and his attacks when you are faithfully walking with the Lord.
How consistent are you in God’s Word? Have you decided on a Bible reading plan for this year?
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice (East)
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