2Timothy 3:10-17, “10 But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, 11 persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me”
Paul in writing to Timothy he says, “you have carefully followed my…Manner of life…”. We learn some of the things shaped by his theology. Paul was a diligent praying man right from his conversion in Acts 9:11, his epistles opened with greetings and assurance that he was praying for those he wrote to.
He encouraged believers to pray, 1Timothy 2:1-3. Paul also surrounded himself with men who he encouraged (sharpened) and those who encouraged (sharpened) him in this journey, for example Onesiphorus, 2Timothy 1:16-17, “16 The Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain; 17 but when he arrived in Rome, he sought me out very zealously and found me”.
Paul’s manner of life was driven by diligence, excellence and hard work, laboring to meet his needs and others. He let go many times what he deserved to have. He says, “Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me”, Acts 20:3. He even says, 2Thessalonians 3:10, “…: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat”. His life was agreeable to his doctrine, and ornamental to his profession: and even the secrets of his mind, his views, his aims and ends in all he did, which are signified by his.
Timothy had carefully followed Paul’s manner of life. Paul never deviated from his purpose. If I was to summarize his purpose in a few words, it was to “Preach Christ and Him crucified by the power of the Holy Spirit”. In 1Corinthians 2:1-5, he declares his mission, “1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God”. In other words, he communicated what he believed as an ambassador for Christ. He encouraged Timothy to make this his purpose also, he says to him, “1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching”, 2Timothy 4:1-2.
The drive for Paul here was not to obtain glory and applause from men, nor to gather wealth and riches for himself; but that God might be glorified in his manner of life and purpose in the salvation of men. That Christ might be magnified both in his life and death; that His Gospel might be spread so that His kingdom be enlarged, and that many souls might be converted and brought to the knowledge of Him; and hence He became all things to all, that he might by all means gain some.
A man’s manner of life and purpose are shaped by the doctrine he has embraced. It shapes how he prays, relate to others (his wife, kids, parents, siblings, neighbors, other believers etc.), his work ethics, those he surrounds himself with, his purpose, his leadership. What is shaping your worldview? How is your life and purpose impacted by your worldview?. To continue, blessings Ev