here @ Bible Gateway), note there are 8 imperatives, commands Paul gives his protégé:
- Show yourself
- Give attention
- Do not neglect
- Take Pains
- Be in
- Pay close attention
It would be easy to sluff this off as the role of an apostle, but that ignores Paul’s continual call to imitate his life and ministry as well as his consistent exhortation to pass on all that he has taught to the next generation of believers.
Thus, this list, these imperatives, apply to us as well. We are to be intentional, focused, purposeful, in our engagement with the Lord and with what He has given us to do.