10 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. 12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:10-17
When you think about your life, what do others say about it? Are you living the legacy you want to leave by the actions you are taking now?
Look at what Timothy says about himself. The people followed his teaching. His conduct, his aim in life. Timothy’s faith, patience, love, and steadfastness were all to be modeled. Even his persecutions and sufferings were a testimony to Jesus Christ. Timothy reminds us that we must know from whom we learn. We have been equipped.
We can live a life like Timothy.
We can leave a legacy like His.
It’s not out of our reach. But in order to grasp hold of those things, we must first humble ourselves. We have to submit to God and what he asking us to do. Does it mean laying aside pride? Yes. Will it mean getting uncomfortable? You betcha. Is it going to be hard? Harder than you can imagine now.
When you step into the life that God is calling you to, there will be roadblocks. There will be stumbling among the rocks in the road. But just because it’s hard doesn’t mean you should give up now and not keep pushing forward.
On the contrary. All of those things should encourage us to get on our knees, open our Bibles and pray. To seek the face of God and allow him to move into the situations. We must allow God to fill us with His teaching. God’s love, God’s purpose for our lives. We can be filled with God’s faith, patience, love, and steadfastness. The moment that we try to do it on our own is the moment that we lose it. Attempting to do this life on our own is what often ends up leaving us feeling more unfulfilled and floundering. We need the guidance of Jesus. The memories of grace and forgiveness at the foot of the cross.
Once we find those things, Timothy’s legacy can become ours, too.