Faithfully Teach


And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.—2 Timothy 2:2

John Wooden, one of the rare men to ever be inducted into the hall of fame as both a player and a coach, once said something like this.

"Everything you have learned, you have learned from someone else."

I love this quote. It's both thought-provoking and laughable at the same time. Wooden stresses that while we might think we are legends in our own mind, that really nothing we have learned in this life has been learned independently of a relationship with another person. This suggests that we don't have original thoughts, even though we may think we came up with an idea completely independent of others.

Paul emphasizes a similar point in today's verse. He understands that what he has taught will die with him unless Timothy carries it ahead. In addition, he notes that Timothy must select faithful men to whom he can entrust this message. Thus, everything we have learned, we have learned from someone else.

But let's note the three imperatives of this charge. First, it's imperative to hear the right message. Second, it's imperative to identify the right men. Third, it's imperative to communicate the message rightly. All are necessary.

But now it's our turn. We must do something today to play a role in this long legacy. We must be the right person who shares the right message and identify the right people who will communicate the message rightly. In this way, we become a part of a long history of faithful teachers who have communicated the greatest story ever told—the story of a God who saves humanity.

ASK THIS: Which one of the three do you need to give attention to today? Being the right person, hearing the right message, or identifying the right people(Share your choice in the comments below)

DO THIS: Act on your choice.

PRAY THIS: God, thank you for convicting me today and entrusting someone like me with the gospel story. Give me an opportunity today to advance your message. A message that you are writing on the hearts of all humanity.

PLAY THIS: Alan Jackson. Standing on the Promises.


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  4. Eddie Ackerman says:

    I need to CONTINUE becoming the right person, with a focus on identifying the right person, that is the main area I am falling short in, being or becoming a mentor.

  5. Stephen Merkle says:

    I need to continue to be the right person and hear the right message – its so easy to get off track in this busy world!

  6. Cory B says:

    Communicate the right message to someone who wants to reestablish his faith. I don’t always feel like the right person to do something like this, but I need to stop the passivity.

  7. Lynn says:

    Every day I need to work with on each of these. I need to pray each day for the Holy Spirit to use me for each of these. At this time I need the right group of men and the right means of Communication.

  8. Tim shea says:

    Being the right person and having confidence and the ability to speak to the ones God asks me to

  9. Ryan says:

    I’m not great at delivering the right message. I can twist and torque. Let my words be God’s words today and every day.

  10. SHELDON Bullard says:

    being the right person, sometimes we like Jonah we run my prayer is that God would reveal to me what he wants me to do with regards to ministry.

  11. Mark says:

    I need to be the right person by exercising my spiritual gifts daily – leadership and encouragement – and not getting sidetracked by earthly success and material things. To be a light where I am. To see more eternal value and opportunities in my earthly work.

  12. Robert Miranda says:

    Wow ! This has given me Holy Spirit tingles and also an affirmation. I am sharing and passing on to my kids what little i know about my Yeshua, His Kingdom and His soon second coming.
    Maranatha, Lord Yeshua. But also help and teach me to give the message rightly. 🙂