In last week’s passage (2 Timothy 2:1-2), Paul encouraged Timothy to prioritise the ministry of disciple-making, but to do so with an outlook of making disciples who would then go and make other disciple-makers.
Now the task of discipleship (a responsibility not only given to Timothy, but to every believer) can be a very difficult & discouraging task. Paul knew this to be true, and so immediately following on from his instruction to make disciples, Paul takes time to encourage Timothy to persevere in this week’s passage. Paul encourages Timothy to persevere as a soldier (2 Timothy 2:3-4), an athlete (2 Timothy 2:5), and as a farmer (2 Timothy 2:6). Paul encourages Timothy to seriously think through what it means to persevere (2 Timothy 2:7), being able to point to his own life as an example (2 Timothy 2:8-10), while reminding Timothy that perseverance comes with a promise (2 Timothy 2:11-13). By definition, perseverance is “persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success”.
As believers, we need to be reminded that our motivation to serve God must be based on faithfulness over fruitfulness. Read through the passage and discuss with your family why perseverance is something that every believers needs.