Timothy was a young man learning what it truly looked like to live as a man of God. He’s a great resource for us to look at because Timothy left a great legacy for early Christians to follow. Take a moment to read 2 Timothy 2. I’m just going to pull bits and pieces from this chapter as we think about legacy today.
Grace that is in Christ Jesus
Timothy reminds us to be strengthened by the grace that is in Jesus Christ. It is a call for us to endure in ministry. To endure in life. It’s also a call to remember that we must share in the suffering that Christ endured. When you think about it, Christ showed extreme grace in going along with God’s plan for Christ to die on a cross.
I find it important to recognize that our lives are our ministry. Our lives speak to those around us. Our actions, our thoughts, our words, all speak to others about what we truly believe.
What Does it Mean to Suffer Well?
I want to pause on verses 3 and 4.
Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.
Y’all, I have to be honest and say that I am not one to suffer well often. As I was reading these verses today, I began to think about a specific situation going on in my own life. I realized that to suffer as a good soldier means I need to suffer alongside another. I don’t have to be entangled in all the drama, but I can support. To walk alongside and encourage and cheer someone else on is one of the greatest things I can do! I have to remember that I am serving Christ, not another person. Which means, even when I am frustrated with or in a specific situation, I can take that to my commander (Jesus) and then continue to move through. I don’t have to stay stagnant, or walk away because the situation doesn’t go the way I want.
So, here’s what I think it means to suffer well with someone. It’s means being willing to come alongside someone and lift them up to the father. Rather then getting emotionally enmeshed in someone else’s issues, it should turn straight into prayer. When we are able to do that, we please our Father.
How are you suffering well with someone today?