|2 Timothy 2:9||suffer hardship|
|2 Timothy 4:5||endure hardship|
|James 5:13||is suffering|
|Jonah 4:10||you did work (negated by the Greek word for “not” so it reads “you did not work”)|
However, there are other instances of a compound word συγκακοπαθέω (synkakopatheō) that appears twice more in 2 Timothy, the only occurrences of the word in the New Testament:
|2 Timothy 1:8||join with me in suffering|
|2 Timothy 2:3||suffer hardship with|
2 Timothy 1:8; 2:3; and 4:5 are all commands, imperatives.
There is a thread here throughout Paul’s letter to his disciple. Paul is calling Timothy to work hard at the task of entrusting the truth of the gospel to those to whom he has been sent to serve. This command is repeated three times in 83 verses. One could get the impression that Paul is serious.
But doesn’t this only apply to Timothy? Or shouldn’t it only apply to those who are in leadership in our communities of faith? Is it not our pastor’s job to work that hard in and for the gospel?
Perhaps. But, consider:
- Matthew 6:33
- Matthew 28:18 – 20
- John 13:15
- Philippians 3:17
- 1 Thessalonians 1:7
- 2 Thessalonians 3:7, 9
- 1 Timothy 1:16; 4:12
- Titus 2:7
- James 5:10
- 1 Peter 2:6
Why then, do you think, many do not seem to do so?