Beyond the Weekend

May 3 | Reflect

May 3, 2024

Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this. 2 Timothy 2:7

Read: 2 Timothy 2:7
Listen: 2 Timothy 2

Paul tells Timothy to multiply followers of Jesus by entrusting what he’s learned to reliable people who will teach others. To emphasize his point, he gives three examples from their culture: a soldier, an athlete and a farmer. Each of these professions requires discipline and focus to reach their goals of victory in battle, receiving the crown and reaping the harvest. Then Paul says something unexpected—he tells Timothy to reflect. Paul wants Timothy to give God time and space to show him what’s next. Reflection is essential to understanding spiritual multiplication.

Reflection is a practice that Christians have incorporated into their time with God for centuries and is beneficial for us today. Reflection involves two parts. The first is slowing down in God’s presence and listening. This can include reading a Bible passage a few times slowly and prayerfully, thinking about each verse. It could be thinking and praying about growing in Christlikeness, such as humility, forgiveness or generosity. It might be inviting God to reveal what he has for us. Our part always includes God’s Word. God’s part is to impress upon us things we may not think about on our own, convict and guide us. The most important aspect of reflection is slowing down and just being with God.

TODAY: How can you make reflection a regular part of your chair time with God? Spend a few minutes asking God to show you how. Slow down, tune out distractions and be quiet so he can impress on you what he wants you to do.


JESUS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT:

Read Exodus 39-40. Highlight anything that points to Jesus. Note the details for the Tabernacle and priests and how they may point to Jesus.

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