In the teaching world, they say routine and structure are what kids need to function at their best. When we become adults,
we don’t seek routine and structure anymore most of us still crave consistency. We are much more comfortable when we know what is coming.
This week, I was making preparations for teaching a young boys study. It’s called the “Timothy study” because the idea is that older men are training up younger men to be important men of God as Paul did in his letters to Timothy. To get in the correct mindset for leading the young men, I decided to dedicate some time in reading through the books of first and second Timothy. I don’t typically spend that much focused time reading the Word, but God definitely challenged me during that time of reading. A ton of passages stuck out to me pertaining to growing up young people in the Lord:
This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare. – 1Timothy 1:18
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people. – 1 Timothy 2:1
I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of truth. – 1 Timothy 3:14-15
If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. – 1 Timothy 4:6
There were so many more as well! Reading through both books written to Timothy gave me encouragement, focus, and a direction. When we do something outside of our normal spiritual routine, typically we grow in a new way. We need to do something different sometimes to open our eyes and wake us up. Routine and structure can be good things, but change is also needed for growing nearer to God.