Then in verse 15 Paul exhorts his protégé to, “take pains with these things…” That is not the language of half measures, weekend warriors. No, this is the language of a pro. Someone who’s entire focus is to do exceedingly well with “these things”.
Then in the last half of the verse he tells Timothy to be “in” them. Your Bible probably ads a word like “absorbed” before “in”. The construction in the original is more subtle and strong. It is the imperative, the command of the Greek, “to be”. The command is to be “in” these things, the sense is “all in,” complete and total focus.
Paul does not envision a Christian who is part time. One who is not all in. One who does not give his or her all to following hard after the Savior.
But there is more here. Much more. I will share some of that tomorrow.