Here it is. In one verse Paul describes the Christian faith. A chain of grace, linked together by love and designed for living relationally generational.
It is a verse that demonstrates honoring your fathers and loving your children and grandchildren enough to leave a legacy of faith to those who will follow after you.
2 Timothy 2:2 identifies four people in this faith legacy — Paul, Timothy, reliable men, and others. These are the people we must have in mind in the development of our spiritual life. We must take the viewpoint of Timothy in this verse. From those lenses, it is essential that we identify who fills the role of Paul as a mentor in our life and who fills the role of “reliable men” as the ones we are actively discipling. And we must disciple those reliable men in such a way that they will be able to teach others. In essence, we are loving those we may never know through the way we train those who will lead them.
This amazing verse in the book of 2 Timothy paints a picture of very deep and significant relationships. Relationships which are not to be taken lightly, but must be given prayerful consideration and intentional development.
It is my sincere prayer that you may know where you fit in the chain of grace. May you know those whom God has placed in your life to coach you along the way. And may you know and develop those God has placed in your life to receive from the wisdom you have to offer.
May your children’s children be blessed and may they receive an inheritance from your life of faith. Amen.