2 Timothy – 2:1-2 – “You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” NASB
In studying the directives of Paul to Timothy, his son in the faith we come to some powerful revelations and directives. Paul’s charge to Timothy was to find, teach, train, and impart that which was in his heart, received from the Holy Spirit through the apostle Paul. This was critical to the founding and grounding of the New Testament Church.
There are Three Critical Areas in which Faithfulness is Key:
- Faithfulness to God is Absolutely Essential.
- Faithfulness in Relationships is Vital.
- Faithfulness in Service is Indispensable.
FAITHFULNESS TO GOD.
This needs little explanation or discussion as most would readily acknowledge the need and the essential aspect of this. However, if we are genuinely faithful to God it will be manifest in the other areas or dimensions as well.
FAITHFULNESS IN RELATIONSHIPS.
This is an area that many Christians do not work on and but need to give attention to! Remember Timothy’s mistake or potential mistake – ‘Choosing people who were possibly qualified and influential but UNFAITHFUL.’
FAITHFULNESS IN SERVICE.
This is absolutely indispensable! We must learn to be Servants. We must learn and become willing to do what is asked when it is asked and how it is asked even when the flesh rises up and resists or the ego says that is beneath me. Even when your ego raises its ugly head and declares that is not using my gifts or abilities to the fullest. Even when you feel that you are not appreciated and recognized as you should be.
God’s way is to first ‘make the man’ then He ‘releases the ministry’. Tragically, the Church has gotten the cart before the horse too often. We recognize ‘gifts’, ‘charisma’, ‘talent’, and ‘ability’ and immediately send forth into ministry!
I was released wrongly but God taught me the necessity of Serving. I was almost immediately sent out because people could see the hand of God on me and God gifted me with passion and ability to convey the message. So my response was Go Out! I should have been sitting and experiencing nurturing, but within weeks after my conversion, I was sent out. I saw in Bible College and have observed it in my 40 years of ministry the dangers of that approach.
When a person is called or God uses them in some degree or measure of success and instills a vision in their hearts along with His promise people take note. Too often those individuals mistakenly develop the idea that they should be immediately released to pursue that vision but they are not ready.
- They are overcome with the Vision.
- They expect to be Recognized.
- They become more Spiritual than anyone (in their own minds).
- They make sure everyone knows they are Anointed, Appointed, Called, and Commissioned.
- They demonstrate an inability or unwillingness to listen to others without a Critical Attitude believing in their hearts they could do a better job or they just know better.
They have not learned one of the key traits for Leadership is being a Servant and Serving Others as well as the Lord! If we do not learn how to Serve we are not qualified to Lead.
God bless you as you go through your day!