The Call of Church Leadership
Posted: Sunday, October 25
2 Timothy 4:1-22
Verse of the day:
Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. (2 Timothy 4:2)
As I read this passage, I have two questions. First, who is this commandment for? And secondly, who is “your” people? This invocation is power-packed with mission and authority. But just like a knife in the kitchen, it’s probably best that we don’t just start running around the house with it.
Paul is talking to Timothy. Chapter three concludes with direct instructions to Timothy. It helps to know that Paul wrote this letter from a Roman prison cell just before his execution. Paul closes chapter three reminding Timothy that “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true.”
With that in mind, I believe the instructions of chapter four are written to Timothy and to people that are ‘like’ Timothy. God is not giving every Christian the authority to correct, rebuke, and teach. God is speaking to those who have responded to the call of church leadership. He is speaking to those who have been called, trained, and have dedicated their focus to the work of the church.