2 Timothy 2:5-7
Talks for Growing Christians
Two Models of the Faithful Christian: The Athlete and The Farmer
2 Timothy 2:5-7
Lesson Number 7
- Like an athlete, the faithful Christian is disciplined in training.
- Like an athlete, the faithful Christian is disciplined in running the race.
- Like a farmer, a faithful Christian labors for the harvest.
- Will you be a medalist or an also-ran?
- How big a shareholder are you?
- What is the primary lesson in the model of the athlete?
- In which two ways is this lesson observed?
- For what medal should the Christian of today strive?
- How do some Christians disqualify themselves for the prize?
- What is the primary lesson in the model of the farmer?
- What is the farmer’s goal and reward?
- How does this apply to the faithful Christian today?
- The athlete must be disciplined in training and in running the race. He trains in areas of diet, curfew, work-outs, etc. But he also must follow the rules of the race itself.
- The imperishable crown (1 Corinthians 9:24-25)
- By disobedience and lack of discipline
- Hard work or labor
- The harvest
- The harvest is bringing people to salvation through Christ, and having a part in bringing people to maturity in Christ.
- Are you a faithful Christian athlete? Are you disciplined in your life? In which areas do you need to exert more self-discipline?
- Are you a faithful Christian farmer? What are you doing to prepare your garden and reap a harvest? How are you laboring for Christ? Do you have the patience to wait for the harvest?
- Think of the challenge of the athlete. Are you striving for the imperishable crown? Are you obedient to the whole word of God? Are you disciplined in your life?
- “If anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding of all things.” 2 Timothy 2:5-7