Throughout chapter 2, Paul has been encouraging Timothy to persevere in a number of different, yet related areas. He has encouraged him to persevere in disciple-making (2 Timothy 2:1-2), to persevere in difficulty (2 Timothy 2:3-13), and to persevere in right doctrine (2 Timothy 2:14-19), whereas in this week’s passage, Paul encourages Timothy to persevere in personal holiness.
He does this by firstly making a connection between personal holiness and one’s usability by God (2 Timothy 2:20-21); by giving an exhortation to pursue personal holiness (2 Timothy 2:22); along with a practical example of how the outworking of personal holiness looks (2 Timothy 2:23-26). Unfortunately, the pursuit of holiness (being set apart through Spirit-filled, righteous living) is often not a priority in the thinking of believers, which causes them to be more influenced by the world, rather that the Word.
Read through the passage and discuss with your family why it’s important for believers to pursue holiness.