Change Can Be Anticipated
Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 3:10-17
Key Verse: 2 Timothy 3:14
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it,
Timothy was a young man who had the Apostle Paul as his mentor. If you are interested in learning spiritual information or practical lessons on how to walk with God, Paul is a good mentor. In one sense, the Apostle Paul can be a mentor to all of us. God inspired him to write, recording all he spoke to Timothy and much more! (By the way, most of Paul’s letters were written while in jail for preaching. It’s amazing how God can use a “forced” quiet time for Kingdom purposes. Had it not been for jail, Paul may not have taken time to write as much as he did!)
Today’s scripture gives us a glimpse of one of Timothy’s lessons. The title of this lesson might be: “Continue.” Paul told Timothy to get up each morning and routinely live out the lessons he had learned. Young Timothy probably had his head full of knowledge at this point; now he had to put it all into practice! The apostle didn’t want him to worry so much about daily learning more information, as much as living what he already knew!
You and I can fill our brains with lots of knowledge about God and we should! But don’t forget; it is just as important that we “continue in what we have learned” each day. This is how we anticipate change, daily practicing our theology “on the streets!” When change comes, when the trial or test is before us, it’ll be okay, we’ve been practicing for those very moments! Today may not be testing day. If it’s not, make sure it’s a practicing day!
Father, as you fill me with the knowledge of your will, please also fill me with the courage and strength to live out your will as I currently understand it. In Jesus’ Name, amen.