But the Lord has become my stronghold,
and my God the rock of my refuge.
Jeremiah told the Judeans who had escaped to Egypt, "False gods make look good to you now, but eventually, you will come to know who is the true God."
2 Timothy 2:22-3:17
These instructions to Timothy could be titled "How to be a minister," as long as we remember that ministry is not restricted to those who have been ordained.
1. Read the Bible. He is told to remember his own formation including specifically the sacred writings that had been instructive. As Christians, we need to remember that Timothy would not yet have had access to what we call the New Testament since it wouldn't have yet been canonized--or, even completed at the time of Timothy. The scripture that is this passage is designated as inspired by God and useful for teaching, reproof, correction, and for training in righteousness, is what we call the Old Testament.
2. Proclaim the message. And keep proclaiming it. Convince, rebuke, and encourage, but always with patience.
3. Be prepared for people preferring teaching that seems easier on them or harder on others.
4. Be the kind of messenger that doesn't harm the message.
Prayer for Today: God, direct our conduct, our words, our attitudes, toward lives that demonstrate your word. Amen.