“You, therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in the concerns of civilian life; he seeks to please the recruiter. Also, if anyone competes as an athlete, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer ought to be the first to get a share of the crops. Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.” (2 Timothy 2:1-7)
This passage is part of one of the last letters that Paul wrote. He was writing to Timothy, one of his spiritual children and fellow minister. Paul wanted to encourage & exhort his young friend and co-worker. Here Paul shares with Timothy the importance of passing on what he had learned. We are to make disciples who make disciples. This means pouring our lives into others who then in turn pour their lives into others.
This is not easy. Paul uses the analogy of a solder, an athlete & a farmer to get this point across. It will be hard work, there will be suffering, there will be hard times. Yet we are called to the work, to do it with all our heart and mind and body, to do it until our time is done. But we also know that we are not alone, we have the Holy Spirit inside of us. And we also have fellow believers alongside.
This week, let us continue in the work of loving, of sharing, of teaching and of spreading the word of Jesus Christ.