Saturday 21st March
What do you want to be when you grow up?! Can you remember when you dreamt of being someone in a specific job or achieving a certain award? Timothy was clearly someone who was a bit timid and not very self-assured and yet Paul encourages him (literally ‘puts courage into him’) and reminds him who he is and what God has put in him.
Imagine for a moment that you received a letter today from St Paul. What would he write to you to put courage into you. He would remind you not so much of what you have done but rather what God has done in you. What gifts would he encourage you to ‘fan into flame’? Paul would call this ‘the good deposit’ that has been entrusted to you that he wants you to guard with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in you (1:14).
This is quite a challenge, exciting and daunting. You may well feel like Timothy being quite timid and nervous but Paul encourages you to take your example and strength from Jesus, to be strong in his grace (2:1) and live for him and his purposes for you not for others around you who might try to shape you differently. Think about yourself as that soldier who wants to please their commanding officer, or the athlete trying to win the victor’s crown from the King, or the farmer who works hard in the harvest of the Kingdom and receives a share of the fruit.
Whilst you consider yourself in this way and receive the courage from the Holy Spirit put into you, finish this reflection by meditating on verses 11-13 of chapter 2 and determine today to live for Christ – as soldier, athlete, farmer … or whoever you aspire to be! – and serve him faithfully as he continues to serve you.
Reflection by Tim Montgomery