You Can Lead Well - Day 4
Father God, open my heart to your Word. Help my eyes to see, and my heart to draw closer to you. Amen.
Read: 2 Timothy 3:10-15
“ You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” (English Standard Version)
In this passage, Paul is speaking real life to Timothy. He’s not sugar coating anything, but preparing him for the future by reminding him of the past. As leaders, there will be hard days, weeks, months, maybe even years. Paul certainly told the story of the good, the bad, and the ugly things he encountered. Yet even as he’s telling Timothy truth, he’s also reminding him that he (Paul) handled things with faith, patience, love, steadfastness, and endurance. He’s also speaking truth when he tells him there will be some who appear to get away with deception…maybe even other “religious” teachers. They will deceive and lead some astray. He tells Timothy not to be distracted by them, but to remain firm and focused in the task given to him. What an amazing mentor Paul was to Timothy…not glossing over the hard things he would endure, but reminding him that God would provide everything he needed for every situation.
As a leader, it can be easy to take our eyes off the course God has set when we look at the distractions around us. We can become discouraged by the hard path we’re on and the seemingly easier path others not devoted to Godly leadership are on. Take heart, God knows. He has a plan. If we remain focused on the direction he has set for us, seeking Godly counsel and remaining close to the Word, the victory one day will be sweet, especially when we hear those words, “Well done, good and faithful servant”. (Matthew 25)
Dear Father, I ask that you reveal to me the thing(s) I’m holding onto that cloud my vision of where you want me to lead. Give me the courage and faith to step up and give that to you, withholding nothing. I love you. Amen.