2 Timothy 3: 10-4:8 reminds Paul’s protégé that good leaders will for sure face trials and suffering. During those times of hardship, leaders lean on scripture.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Tim 3:16-17)”
Yesterday Paul compared leaders to loyal soldiers. Soldiers follow the commands of their leader. How do Christian workers learn the desires of their leader – Scripture that is God-breathed. These Scriptures are useful for teaching.
Athletes are disciplined. I hear the coach of the athlete instructing and rebuking. In Chariots of Fire, Abrams hires a coach who shows him his mistakes and creates a discipline routine. Leaders need Scripture to show them their mistakes and grow them in righteousness.
Farmers are patient. Scripture is not a quick answer so the leader is thoroughly equipped. It takes time. It takes patience. It takes discipline and it takes loyalty of perseverance to understand and apply Scripture that God has given.
Paul tells Timothy that he is about to die but Paul knows it is not the end.
“Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge will award me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
How would you describe the benefits of Scripture in your life? Comfort, inspiration, touching stories of real humans or source of wisdom? Perhaps today would be a good time to review your favorite verse or your favorite Bible story. Dwell in it for a few minutes silently after you read it and see how it speaks to you today. Blessings.