2 Timothy 1:3-7 – “I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience the way my forefathers did, as I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day, 4 longing to see you, even as I recall your tears, so that I may be filled with joy. 5 For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well. 6 For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.” NASU
There are several sermons or devotionals in these few verses so I will lump them together and hopefully encourage you in your daily walk and pursuit of your ministry and assignment in life. Timothy was Paul’s spiritual son and someone he had learned to rely on for encouragement, loyalty, faithfulness, and prayer support to name a few. In Paul’s address to Timothy, he reveals his heart and the upbringing of Timothy and how important godly examples are in life.
Paul expresses his overflowing heart of thanksgiving declaring that he serves God with a CLEAR CONSCIENCE. I could spend enough time here to write chapters on the matter of conscience and how powerful this declaration is especially when coupled with a demonstrated life of faithfulness and godliness. Paul not only addressed his own heart but reminded Timothy of the importance and power of PRAYER telling him, “I constantly remember you in my prayers day and night.” It was not a “God bless Timothy” passing mention but testifies of intercession out of love and longing to be reunited with him. He reminds Timothy of how powerful Timothy’s own tears and love touched the great apostle. Then, Paul calls to remembrance the heritage of faith that Timothy had in his mother and grandmother. He was raised in a godly home and that is a powerful testimony to the directive of Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Your influence and impact on your children are far greater than you might imagine or believe. You are sowing seeds in them that will produce a harvest so ensure you are sowing to godliness.
Then the apostle reminds Timothy of the gift or gifts of God in him and the power of being ordained of God to function in a particular area of ministry and life. Then, Paul calls to attention the gravity of this ministry and the reality that not everyone will willingly accept the Gospel message. He says, “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.” The KJV says, “sound mind” or “committed/fixed mind” which can be understood in Isaiah 26:3, “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You.” We become like a nail driven in a sure place because of our commitment to and devotion to the Lord. Our minds are stayed on Him and we bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
We are more than conquerors in Christ and as we are nurtured and developed by godly parents and godly mentors we find that we gain strength for the struggle and power to overcome. Righteousness begets righteousness and faithfulness begets faithfulness. We can learn both as the Love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. So, allow your heart to be nurtured and become a nurturing example to those under your care.
God, bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!