Paul’s got game!

Posted: May 20, 2010 in leadership
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Many ideas flow through my mind daily about church leadership. Of course, most days I feel like a Timothy. Then I wonder what it would have been like to have Paul as your mentor?

Paul’s final words were addressed to Timothy, a pastoral candidate. Like many ministerial plebes, Timothy had questioned this strange choice of occupation. After all, his mentor had more scars than friends, more jail time than spare time. And because Paul’s battles were from both sides of the church door, Timothy must have wondered, “How can anyone shepherd unruly sheep and menacing wolves at the same time?”

The apostle didn’t leave his protégé wondering for long. Paul’s exhortation has become his famous last words:

  • Be faithful in your duties. (2im 1.8)
  • Hold on to sound doctrine. (2Tim 1.13)
  • Guard what you say and do. (2Tim 2.22-24)
  • Be willing to suffer persecution for the gospel. (2Tim 3.12)
  • Work hard at preaching the Word. (2Tim 4.1-2)

These were Paul’s non-negotiable pastoral priorities. That’s why he could say, “I’ve fought the good fight, I’ve finished the course, I’ve kept the faith…”

And, as a result, Paul – and countless others like him – heard another set of famous last words: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant… enter into the joy of your master.”

Is that your goal, too?

-Tom

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