By Mickey D. Brackin
Senior Pastor, Mars Hill Baptist Church, Lawrenceburg
Focal Passage: II Timothy 3:12-17; 4:1-8
I grew up in Town Creek, Ala., a small town in northwest Alabama. My dad was a sharecropper and construction laborer. His formal education was completed in the sixth grade. Although lacking in formal education he was a wealth of wisdom for my brothers and me. One important truth he taught us was to always “hoe out your row.” When you start hoeing a row you don’t stop until it’s finished. It doesn’t matter how hot the sun gets or how long the row looks — “hoe out your row!” Don’t stop until it is finished.
In today’s lesson, Paul is writing encouraging Timothy to “hoe out his row.” Young Timothy will face difficult times and many hardships as he serves the Lord and ministers to the church. Paul is exhorting and encouraging him to faithfulness in life and ministry (II Timothy 3:12-13). Paul instructs Timothy to continue in the truth, preaching and teaching it just as he himself had been taught from childhood (vv. 14-15). [Read more…]