“Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”Timothy 2:1-2
My parents bought a 1978 F-150 truck when I was two years old. The truck possessed a 300 Ford inline straight six engine which had enough room where my dad could stand inside of it to do repairs. The shifting gears were on the column with the steering wheel and commonly knows as three on the tree. I grew up in that truck, and when I was 17, the truck became mine. It had no air conditioning and there was not an even an option for such luxuries. I loved that truck and I would tinker with at times but I would take the “bigger” problems to my dad for help and consultation.
I remember a time the truck was overheating and I did not know what to do. I asked my dad what was wrong, and he advised that he thought it was the thermostat. He bought a new thermostat and we set out to repair the thermostat. My dad started to do the repair, and I soon became disinterested and was not paying attention to what he was trying to show me. He was under the hood and repeated himself, and I responded with, “What did you say?” He shook his head in disgust and stated, “You better make a lot of money because you never pay attention to what I’m trying to teach you.” I never forgot what he told me that day, although I did forget what he was trying to teach me in repairing the truck. I foolishly did not pay attention to what he was trying to teach me, and sure enough, in the future I would have to pay someone to fix my thermostat.
Our Pastor preached a great message on a particular Sunday night about being a rag that is full. A rag that is full and never rung out will eventually rot. A rag that is emptied out will be useful to many others and can be used again. Timothy had heard Paul preach many times and Paul wanted him to teach others the things he had heard. It does not do us much good to hear the truth and keep it to ourselves. We were challenged on that particular Sunday night to teach others and to carry out the great commission we have been commanded to do. We do not go to church to warm a seat and continue to just fill ourselves, but we are to learn so that we may teach others and that they may teach others as well.
Where are you today friend? Are you even attending church, so that you can hear the truth? When you’re at church, are you intently listening or thinking about the game or what’s for lunch or dinner? The Bible says, “To whom much is given, much will be required.” Are you listening? Are you paying attention? Are you teaching others? Are you discipling anyone? Whose life are you impacting today? May we be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and may we be prepared to always give an answer to those who will ask us about the hope that is in us. Learn all that you can of God’s truth, and be faithful to always be willing to teach and share with others.