“You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:1 ESV)
I came across this verse in my reading recently and spent some time considering what it means to be “strengthened by grace.”
Most versions say this as “be strong in grace.”
What does this mean? How could this apply in our lives?
I considered first why Timothy might need to be strengthened by grace.
Loss of a Mentor. As Paul wrote his final letter to Timothy, his disciple and “heir-apparent”, he was facing execution. Knowing this loss of a mentor and friend would enter into his young prodigy’s life would be cause for needing grace.
Problems at Work. Timothy also was facing a number of problems at work (ministry.) There were false teachers needing to be silenced who were attempting to discredit him at every turn.