Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. 2 Timothy 4:2-5
Have you ever lost it? Every man, in a moment of honesty, can recall a time when they acted out as a result of being full of anger, frustration, etc.. Although it is different for each guy, all of us have a trigger that causes us to lose our head and give into an intense emotion or desire. I wonder what Paul knew about Timothy or himself that he doesn’t say in this passage. He is contrasting this young pastor to others exhorting him not to be distracted from the mission. What does it mean for a man to keep his head?
The sobriety of spirit is what this man is being called to. The word for “Keep your head” is used only six times in the New Testament. It is a clarion call to an alertness of the soul. A man with a sober spirit does not get unsettled and is laser-focused. Why is this a challenge? It is hard because life will include temptations to do the opposite. This can come through hardship, or it will present itself as a better way of thinking. A man who keeps his head is a man who steadily follows the Word of God.
DO THIS TODAY: Stop letting circumstances unsettle your soul.