Timothy and Titus – Inconspicuous Leadership
As kids playing, caught doing something we were not supposed to do, the first response was, “It not me, I didn’t do it, it wasn’t me!” Admit it, we all said that at least a few times in our young lives. We were ready and willing to boldly plead our “case”.
With the same passion, Paul explains to young Timothy that the work that has been given to them to proclaim the saving grace of Jesus Christ did not come from us. The power that comes from proclaiming this message is not from us. “We had nothing to do with it”, says Paul. “It was all HIS idea, a gift prepared for us in Jesus long before we knew anything about it. But we know it now.” This bring us to the next leadership principle. It’s NOT about us. It’s all about the saving grace of Christ. HIS power in us causes us to speak boldly and unashamed of His grace and mercy to us. All because of the work of Jesus on a Cross. It’s all about HIM, not us. We had nothing to do with it.
Read Paul’s encouraging, passionate, plea to Timothy. Meditate on the words that cheer us on our own journeys. Observe all the holy characteristics Paul points out that abide in Timothy because of Christ.
“Guard this precious thing placed in your custody by the Holy Spirit who works in us.”
2 Timothy 1, The Message
1-2 I, Paul, am on special assignment for Christ, carrying out God’s plan laid out in the Message of Life by Jesus. I write this to you, Timothy, the son I love so much. All the best from our God and Christ be yours!
To Be Bold with God’s Gifts
3-4 Every time I say your name in prayer—which is practically all the time—I thank God for you, the God I worship with my whole life in the tradition of my ancestors. I miss you a lot, especially when I remember that last tearful good-bye, and I look forward to a joy-packed reunion.
5-7 That precious memory triggers another: your honest faith—and what a rich faith it is, handed down from your grandmother Lois to your mother Eunice, and now to you! And the special gift of ministry you received when I laid hands on you and prayed—keep that ablaze! God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.
8-10 So don’t be embarrassed to speak up for our Master or for me, his prisoner. Take your share of suffering for the Message along with the rest of us. We can only keep on going, after all, by the power of God, who first saved us and then called us to this holy work. We had nothing to do with it. It was all his idea, a gift prepared for us in Jesus long before we knew anything about it. But we know it now. Since the appearance of our Savior, nothing could be plainer: death defeated, life vindicated in a steady blaze of light, all through the work of Jesus.
11-12 This is the Message I’ve been set apart to proclaim as preacher, emissary, and teacher. It’s also the cause of all this trouble I’m in. But I have no regrets. I couldn’t be more sure of my ground—the One I’ve trusted in can take care of what he’s trusted me to do right to the end.
13-14 So keep at your work, this faith and love rooted in Christ, exactly as I set it out for you. It’s as sound as the day you first heard it from me. Guard this precious thing placed in your custody by the Holy Spirit who works in us.
15-18 I’m sure you know by now that everyone in the province of Asia deserted me, even Phygelus and Hermogenes. But God bless Onesiphorus and his family! Many’s the time I’ve been refreshed in that house. And he wasn’t embarrassed a bit that I was in jail. The first thing he did when he got to Rome was look me up. May God on the Last Day treat him as well as he treated me. And then there was all the help he provided in Ephesus—but you know that better than I.
LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLE #8: It’s not about us.
–Humbly knowing that we have nothing to do with saving others. We only point them to Jesus. Jesus saves us and others because of HIS work on the Cross and by His power working in and through us to boldly tell others.
–Point others to Jesus…not us….or the imperfect church who is a repentant group of believers seeking Jesus, finding and following Jesus. We cannot say this enough.
–Be rich in faith, unwavering, bold, unrelenting and passionate.
–“God doesn’t’ want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.” Mm, “sensible”. Be wise with all opportunities to share Jesus with others.
–It’s all about God. Our message is Jesus, the Truth, Way and Life to God. It’s all about God.
–This message was formed from the beginning. Salvation through Jesus was all by HIS design in the blueprint of life eternal with Him. Not me, not you.
–Our part is to simply receive this gift of salvation and live grateful lives that tell others about His gift. We can all do that!
“So keep at your work this faith and love rooted in Christ…”
Dear Heavenly Father,
We lay down our own agendas, let go of what is happening around us to look full into your wonderful face. It is indeed ALL about You. We are ready to listen to You, following the sound of Your Voice with hearts, minds and souls bent and yielded toward obeying You. Speak to our hearts. Your servant is listening. Continue to transform me with the power of Your Holy Spirit in me. Transform your church. Transform the world.
In Jesus Name, Amen