“Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.” (1 Timothy 4:15 ESV)
The hot, Central Valley sun is beating down while I’m doing some yard work and cleaning the garage. But I bear the heat knowing that my reward at the end is a dip in the clear, shimmering waters of my pool. As my work is done, I prepare to cool off. And if you’re anything like me, I don’t use the steps to slowly get into the pool. I head towards the deepest part and jump. Instant cool down.
Paul is telling his young protégé Timothy to immerse himself in various activities. As a young man in ministry, these are the things that should be Timothy’s bread and butter. In v13, Paul tells Timothy to devote himself to three things:
- The public reading of Scripture
And I think the immersion command of v15 can also be applied to v12:
“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12 ESV)
And so, as a young man in ministry, I believe I have the same call. I am practice these things and immerse myself in them. I should be intentionally seeking to get better at preaching and exhorting people. I should be deliberately looking to set an example for believers, both younger and older ones, by the way I speak, by the way I act, by the way I love, by the way I trust, and by the way I live. This is no small task – I better go get wet.
I feel that God is calling me to intentionally get better in my preaching and teaching. I want to be disciplined to read books about preaching, to read and study the style of sermons by some of the great preachers of the faith. This is my task.
What do you think God is calling you to immerse yourself in right now?