As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. — 2 Timothy 4:5
When I decide to take part in an athletic competition, I have to get ready. And usually, I prepare far in advance of the actual competition. So I prepare a dietary plan, a training plan, and an accountability plan to ready myself for the event. And I prepare because I want to compete at my very best. But preparations do not begin the day before the event. Preparation begins months in advance so that my body and mind are ready for the competition because I want to compete well and not embarrass myself.
In the same way, Paul wants Timothy to be spiritually ready. So he gives him a bit of a training checklist here because he cares about his success. He knows that his spiritual preparations will impact the salvation of people across the Roman empire. And thus, he gives him this fourfold charge. And it a great checklist for spiritual readiness.
So as you charge out into another day, here is Paul's spiritual readiness checklist posed in a question format for you:
- Are you ready mentally?
- Are you ready to endure suffering?
- Are you ready to share Jesus?
- Are you ready to do ministry?
If you are not ready in one of these four ways, then maybe you need to ready yourself right now! Take a couple of minutes in prayer to ready one of these four aspects and share it with me below, and I will commit to praying for you today. And then get out there today for another day of spiritual training.
ASK THIS: In what of the four ways are you not ready?
DO THIS: Take a couple of minutes to get ready right now (Share how you need to ready yourself today in the comments below.)
PRAY THIS: God, ready my mind, heart, mouth, and action for another day of focused training.
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