- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read 2 Timothy2
Take your authority.
Chapter 2 is Apostle Paul’s personal exhortation to Timothy, “You, then, my son,” (v.1). He regarded Timothy as a spiritual son.
Paul illustrated dedication, submission to discipline, and hard work in the ministry in the analogy of soldier, athlete, and farmer (2 Timothy 4:7, 1 Corinthians 9:7, 24-27). These were an analogy pointing to the spirit of fighting, competing, and being patience. Also these are the spiritual discipline with which we are called to during our journey in faith today.
“Descended from David” (2:8) is a key part of his message, Christ’s identity as a member of David’s family.
Verses 11-13 is probably part of a hymn or creed of the early church, reciting during worship, tied the good news together with shared suffering, died together.
“A workman” (v15) indicated an authority that Timothy should claim in his ministry. God approved him to handle the word of truth, therefore, he should not be ashamed of himself and of the word. God gave him a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7). Paul urged Timothy to practice it.
“Claiming that the resurrection has already happened,” (v18) indicated some people who denied bodily resurrection and taught a spiritual resurrection, which was wandered away from the truth.
The bowl image of the church (20-21) is similar to the pottery image. God decided its function of the bowl when God created it, therefore, each should be holy for the instruments of God.
As he described of himself, Paul reminded Timothy of being called to be God’s slave(v24), belong to God and representing God, and he commanded Timothy to avoid adolescent cravings, arguments with his opponents, and to resist getting involved in silly debates.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.