- Be sober in all things
- Endure Hardship
- Do the work of an evangelist
- Fulfill your ministry
In this passage, by starting with this imperative, Paul is adding enormous weight to his charge to Timothy. This is not a casual assignment. It is not optional. It is deadly serious. It is not one of several things in which we dabble; it is central to our life and calling in the Lord.
Many believers tend to delegate. It is fine to delegate. It is an essential business practice. It is an incredibly important tool in the training of men and women in all walks of life. However, there are some things that we cannot, or better, should not delegate. Primary on that list is our walk with God. We cannot live the Christian life by proxy. We cannot know God through other’s study. It is not OK to have several degrees of separation between us and our Savior.
Paul’s commands to Timothy are commands to us. These are not marching orders for “professional Christians”. We are called to be sober, serious, centered in our lives and relationship with Christ. It is not ok for us to delegate that relationship to others.
The word accountability is much overused in the Body. If you do a word search in your Bible app on your device or look in a concordance, you find that we are accountable to God, not each other. In this matter, the word applies. We are accountable to the Creator of the universe, the One who sent His Son to die in our place, the One who called us to Himself and gave us life and gifts for His purposes to be sober, serious about our relationship to Him and the work for which He designed us.