Always Keen and Alert

Western Theological Seminary Students

READ : 2 Timothy 3:14-17
2 Timothy 4:1-2

Recently my wife and I had our first child. Thanks to my lack of foresight, I accepted assignments to lead worship services for the three Sundays closest to her due date! Sure enough, our little one arrived on a Saturday afternoon, so I had reduced time to prepare for the following morning. With my thoughts elsewhere, I stumbled through the service, dismayed that my lack of preparation had served God’s people so poorly.

Paul urges Timothy to be constantly alert and reliable. Paul is not talking only about preaching from a pulpit. In every circumstance but especially in view of Christ’s return, he encouraged his “dear son” to be exacting in his ministry. Timothy knew the Scriptures, and how they make one “wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”

When we use God’s Word to encourage and teach others, we employ a powerful tool that instructs, corrects and cheers people. We must be vigilant and prepared. So, “continue in what you have learned” in every season, to give a good word to people unprepared to meet God.

– Steve Hemmeke


Dear God, prepare us to explain the grand counsel of God to all people. In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.