The apostle Paul had a high regard for Timothy and the two were often linked in service. The older man and his own son in the faith worked harmoniously together and encouraged one another in the Lord’s work. In the first letter to Timothy we learn that Paul had entrusted his young colleague with an important assignment. He was to remain in Ephesus and help the assembly there by ensuring that their teaching remained pure and profitable. Although he would be busy in service, he was not to neglect his own spiritual needs and personal testimony.
In this letter the word ‘thyself ’ occurs seven times and brings before us a range of personal responsibilities. These exhortations apply to us today just as much as they applied to Timothy long ago. He must have weighed every word carefully and we can be confident that he responded wholeheartedly. Often we are overly concerned about others at the expense of our own responsibilities. The Lord had to correct Peter in this regard when he said to Him concerning John “Lord, and what shall this man do?”. The reply of the Saviour is one to which we should give heed, “If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me” (John 21:21-22).
When life down here is over we will all stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ. Paul reminds us that every one of us shall give account of himself to God and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour (Rom 14:12; 1 Cor 3:8).
Let us take heed to ourselves now so that we will not be ashamed before Him at His coming.