Reading: 2Timothy 3:14 to 4:5
Timothy has been richly blessed in his life. His family has encouraged and taught him on his early faith journey. They planted and nurtured the seeds of faith that God watered and made grow. Paul steps into Timothy’s life to continue to teach and correct and encourage him as he grows in his faith. Timothy is now at a point where he is ready to preach the Word, to use his faith to help others on their journey of faith. Timothy’s faith has grown to the point that he feels God’s call upon his life.
We too have walked (or are walking) a similar path. Our faith is meant to be lived out in community. It began that we with Jesus and a small group of followers. Jesus taught them the faith so that they too could one day share the good news with others. After they had been with Jesus for a sufficient time, He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. The disciples went out and shared their growing faith with others. Their own faith grew and they returned to Jesus to learn some more.
After Jesus’ death and resurrection, the disciples continued to learn and grow from each other and by the power of the Holy Spirit. We, as current disciples, are called to the same life. Be in the community, be in small groups to encourage, support, and learn together. Go out into the world to teach and Share our faith. Return for more encouraging, supporting, and learning. Head back out into the world to teach and Share. Repeat often. May we learn to follow Jesus’ example, modeled by Paul as well.