Timothy is told to pass on what was taught to him by the Apostle Paul. When we are taught something, we aren’t supposed to keep it just for ourselves. Paul was pouring a wealth of teaching upon Timothy. He was sharing great insight into the ministry of the Good News. He wanted this teaching to continue to pour out from Timothy to others. This is how the spread of the Gospel works. Ministry is a team effort.
If you look at the Early Church, you will find that those who were intimately involved with Jesus Christ during His early ministry rose up to spread the Good News. After his conversion, Paul did the same. Many of these people had small groups meeting together, sharing together, doing life together. This Good News was then spread by these people to others. As it was shared to some, it was passed on to many others. People were being equipped and empowered.
Too often we get caught up in thinking that the people in our lives will hear the Gospel from some pastor at a local church or on television. We think that ministry is all about someone speaking to the masses. But the Bible shows us that the Early Church spread the Gospel not simply by speaking to large groups, but by focusing on a small group who then passed on the great spiritual truths. Do not keep what you know about Jesus to yourself. What you learn, pass on. Whether you pass it on to your family, to your friends, or you start a small group or lead or teach at church—pass it on. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you share what you know, teach you more, and to show you who is ready with open ears to hear these spiritual truths.
“You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.” – 2 Timothy 2:2 [NLT]
David committed an awful sin when he counted the people. The Bible says that he was “replacing trust with statistics.” With taking a census, David was able to see how many people he had at his disposal and he could then put his trust in those great numbers.
We do the same thing all the time. For some of us, we place our trust in financial statistics. Big pay checks that always come every week or bi-weekly is one statistic. A large savings account that will “save us from anything that arises” is another place we put our trust. For some people, we put our trust in the people we have around us—our support group. This could be family, a circle of friends, the church community.
Trust in God first. God above all else. Replacing trust with statistics does not offer security. The circle of friends, the large savings account, the fancy car—it can all be taken away. Because of David’s great sin, replacing trust with statistics, he lost some of those people. You always lose when you trust people and things over God.
“But when it was all done, David was overwhelmed with guilt because he had counted the people, replacing trust with statistics. And David prayed to GOD, ‘I have sinned badly in what I have just done. But now GOD forgive my guilt—I’ve been really stupid.’”
-2 Samuel 24:10 [MSG]