Paul gives some very important instructions to Timothy in these verses. Paul wants Timothy to “be strong in the grace” that Jesus Christ has for him. Timothy would not not be able to live this Christian life without help from God. How is it possible “to be strong in grace” since grace is from God to us and that it represents the undeserved favor of the Lord toward we who believe? Scholars say that this means that Timothy needed to trust more completely in Christ and the power He had for Timothy’s life rather than Timothy trying to live his life here on earth out of his own strength. To do God’s work, Paul says, surrender to the strength of Christ.
Verses 2-3 maybe the most clear instructions we have for a disciple of Christ to turn around and disciple (teach) another person for the Lord. Christians are to entrust to others what was taught to them. They are to pass the teaching they have had along to other Christians. Notice Paul was saying those to whom you pass this teaching to must be “reliable.” Those believers are to be proven to be faithful to carry on the plan God has set up for the church to grow through growing Christians. Reliable people don’t give up!!! They don’t quit or drop out; they become the faithful teachers of other Christians. Paul lays out some important thoughts here. These Christians are to not only be reliable to teach but they must be qualified to teach others. Let me make something clear. When you decide to invest your life into others, remember they will be helped by God’s Holy Spirit and that He will carry them along and at times they will learn on the job, how to teach others the simple truths and beliefs of the precious faith we hold dear. You will know and be led by God to choose those who will be reliable and by the time you are through with them, they will be qualified to teach others to learn how to grow as a believer and help others too.
Over the years of learning and being under the teachings of others, this passage has become somewhat famous for the process of discipleship. Please stick with me for a moment and understand what I am about to say. This concept of finding and teaching others is called “finding FAT people.” Remember I said that I needed to explain. Seeking to find people who are reliable and qualified to teach others means you are looking for Faithful, Available, and Teachable people or FAT people!
God is about to do something of great proportions here at North Anderson Baptist Church IF we, His people, are faithful and obedient to His calling for the church of Jesus Christ. He is calling out disciples to make more disciples so that we can PUSH BACK THE DARKNESS in Anderson and all around the world!
Are you ready to be a part of the army of Christ that will go into the battle for the souls of mankind for the Lord God Almighty?
Is He calling you to be a discipler of others?
He does call His children to follow His example, who today will listen and answer that call?