True Grit: 3 Tips from 2nd Timothy

This morning, I was reading one of my favorite books of the Bible, 2 Timothy, and the term “grit” came to mind.  When I think of the word grit, I think of an old movie where the tough hero perseveres, defies the odds, and saves the day. Grit takes courage, determination, and initiative, and that is precisely what Paul was writing about:

“I can’t impress this on you too strongly. God is looking over your shoulder. Christ himself is the Judge, with the final say on everyone, living and dead. He is about to break into the open with his rule, so proclaim the Message with intensity; keep on your watch. Challenge, warn, and urge your people. Don’t ever quit. Just keep it simple” (2 Tim. 4:1-2, MSG).

Proclaim the Message with Intensity

It’s as plain as that; we are called to spread the good news of Christ. Timothy writes that above all else, we should have urgency in that call. This charge given by Paul is a pivotal moment in his relationship with Timothy. Paul is encouraging Timothy to apply what he has learned and to do ministry. Let’s find our courage and use the gifts that God has given us to do ministry in our community.

Keep on Your Watch

Guard yourself against temptation. You know your most significant weaknesses and struggles. You know where barriers should go and how to protect yourself against sin. Stay faithful to the ministry that God has called you too. Watch your thoughts as those thoughts lead to unhealthy behaviors and relationships.

Challenge, Warn, and Urge

Paul writes in the book of Ephesians that we are called to build each other up! The message is too important to keep to ourselves. We are not only called to share the Gospel message, but also to challenge others to do the same. The best tool in the toolbox that we have is an invitation to church. Leverage the community and worship that we are part of each weekend and invite someone to be part of our church family. Use the gifts that God has given you to commit to the ministry that God has called you too.

In order to fulfill the call placed on our lives, to reach our communities, we will each have to follow the words written in 2 Timothy. It will take courage, determination, and initiative. It will take grit. However, we are not in this alone. We are a community of believers, a church family.