2 Timothy 2:1
“Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”
When Paul commanded Timothy to be strong in grace, He was talking about his walk with Christ. Of course, grace is not an excuse for the believer to live a worldly life, but grace should challenge the believer to live a holy life. The stronger the grace of God is in your life, the holier your life will become. I am not saying that one person has more salvation than another, but what I am saying is that God’s grace should strengthen you as a believer. There are several actions that help the believer to be strong in grace that I want to point out to you.
First, listen to the past generations. Paul says in verse 2, “And the things that thou hast heard of me…” You can’t be strong in grace and try to erase the works of those of the past. Paul makes it clear that Timothy could only be strong in grace if he committed to faithful men what he heard from Paul. The more you disdain those men of God before you, the weaker the grace of Christ will be in you. We are commanded to build upon the foundation of those before us, not to tear the foundation down and rebuild. Being strong in grace will only occur by embracing what you learned from past generations and building upon it.
Second, teach someone else. Teaching is a two-fold act. Teaching is being a soul winner, but it is also teaching those you led to Christ how to do the same things that you have been taught. God’s grace in you becomes stronger the more you tell others about Christ and train them how to become a believer who teaches others also.
Third, don’t let hard times discourage you. Paul said in verse 3, “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” You cannot be strong in grace when you are quitting what grace compels you to do. Hard times are going to come for every believer, and when they do come, you must endure them. The only way God can show you His strength is to place you in situations where you are too weak to handle. My friend, you will find grace will be strengthened in you by enduring the hard times.
Fourth, stay focused. In verse 4, Paul admonishes Timothy not “to be entangled…with the affairs of this life…” The more you complicate your life with worldly affairs, the weaker you become in the battle for the souls of men. You must stay focused on this great battle because there will be many “worthy” causes you can get yourself involved with, but they are not worthy enough to pull you away from the cause of reaching the lost for Christ.
Fifth, always do everything the right way. In verse 5, Paul warns Timothy to strive for masteries lawfully. What he was saying was be sure to win, but win the right way. In other words, it is never right to do wrong to do right. When you are trying to do the right thing, be sure you are doing the right thing in the right way. Don’t take shortcuts to win. God is powerful enough to help you to win in the race for souls by doing it the right way no matter how difficult it may seem.
Sixth, work hard. In verse 6, Paul tells Timothy that the husbandman “laboureth.” You will never become stronger in grace without working hard. You will find that those who are the strongest in grace worked hard at what they did for Christ. Laboring or working hard for the LORD is what helps strengthen the grace within you.