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2017.Jan.
11 Wed
 
Encouragement Is Essential
[ 2 Timothy 1:1 - 1:8 ]
 
1. Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, according to the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,
2. To Timothy, my dear son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3. I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.
4. Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy.
5. I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.
6. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
7. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
8. So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God,
 

Reflection
A Mighty Mentorship (1:1–4)
The first few verses of this letter to Pauls disciple Timothy are not merely a greeting. They highlight the qualities of a passionate and healthy relationship between a mentor and his mentee, whom he lovingly calls his dear son (v. 2). Paul, knowing his purpose on earth is to serve God, has accepted training the next generation as part of his calling. He expresses gratitude for the relationship God has built between Timothy and him, and he ministers to Timothy from afar by praying on his behalf. Note, too, that Paul longs to see Timothy face-to-face, something that is often missing in todays technology-based interactions. God works mightily through close, in-person relationships, especially mentoring relationships.

Gifted for His Glory (1:5–8)
It can be easy to forget that the heroes of Scripture all had their own shortcomings, even when they came from a lineage of sincere faith like Timothy. Even after receiving the Holy Spirit and the tutelage of Paul himself, Timothy struggles with timidity in exercising his God-given abilities. But just as tools become rusty when left in their toolbox for too long, our spiritual gifts can weaken if they are not put to good use. Thus, Paul directs Timothy to endure in exercising and developing his gifts, not just for fun or self-fulfillment but for the sake of the Gospel and his calling to bring others to Christ.

Application
- Is God calling you to get involved in a mentoring relationship? Who might God be calling you to mentor or be mentored by?

- God gave us spiritual gifts for a purpose. Seek the help of a friend or mentor if necessary, and make a plan this week to develop the gifts God has given you for His kingdom.

A Letter to
God
Heavenly Father, everything You have called me to do is for Your glory. I pray that You would empower me to serve You in whatever ways You choose. Help me to lay every resource I have at Your feet for Jesus sake. In His name. Amen.
 
 
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