5 Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules.
These words are written to Timothy; a younger Christian worker whom Paul had mentored for many years. It’s the second metaphor to help him be successful in leadership. The rules of the contest itself include suffering, if he wants to obtain a “victors crown” – there is no other way. If you want to finish the race with the words, “Well done faithful servant” ringing in your ears then follow faithful men and women who have gone before; follow them as they followed Christ. (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Ask the Lord for the gift of faith to see, pray and act for the redemption of the situation you’re concerned about.