You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. 2 Timothy 2:1-2 (NIV)
What have you heard from me? How have I spoken into your life? How have you been able to hear all that I have wanted to teach you? Who have I used to speak into your life? What have you done with all that I have taught you? That’s a lot of questions. Yes, it is. I would like to hear your answers. I have heard about the new life I now have in you. You helped me to turn away from my old life of sin so that I could live a completely new life in you. As I walk with you in this new life it seems like you never stop speaking to me. For that I am very thankful. That’s good. You speak to me through your word. I have set apart a daily time to meet with you in your word, so I can hear from you. You speak to me by your Holy Spirit. Your Holy Spirit applies your word to my life as I take one step after another with you. You speak to me through the body of Christ. As I gather together with fellow believers, I hear things that you want me to hear. Many times, you have spoken into my life by the words of one of your followers. That’s right. You speak to me through the circumstances of life. As I pray to you, in all my circumstances, you hear and answer my prayers. You guide and direct my life. You are always with me. You will never leave me. You always have something to say to me. Yes, I do. I always need to be prepared to hear from you. Yes, you do.
What have you done with my teaching? That’s a good question. I have taken your teaching into my heart and mind. I have allowed your teaching to guide my life. I have put your teaching into practice. Am I doing all these things perfectly? Certainly not. What has helped you to put my teaching into practice? It has always helped me to teach others what you have been teaching me. As I teach others, what you have taught me, your word becomes more firmly established in my heart and mind and life. That’s right. As I teach others ,what you have taught me, I am filled with joy because your word has borne fruit in and through my life. I have been able to bear fruit for your Kingdom and bring glory to your name. That’s true, What else? As I teach others what you have taught me, others will do likewise. They will teach others what I have taught them. Your word will go forth and a multitude will come to know and love and follow and serve you. Yes, they will. That’s what I want. That’s what I want to be part of. That is very good.
Lord, help me to grow strong in your grace. Help me to hear all that you want to teach me. Help me to be faithful to pass on to others all that I have heard and received from you. Use my life to bear abundant fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Amen
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