Did anyone have to teach you how to complain? Of course not. Discontent comes to us naturally; contentment does not. We have to train ourselves to be content, satisfied, at ease with our situation – and that’s what this chapter is about.
Timothy was commissioned by Paul with the weighty responsibility of heading up the church in Ephesus. Paul now shares some personal insights with his young friend. In this chapter he’ll explain a few things that make both a healthy minister and a healthy ministry.
One of the tasks that Timothy had before him was to assess potential candidates for ministry, so Paul outlined some qualifications for those who desired to lead. These credentials, along with those given to Titus, comprise the biblical standard for designated leaders within the body of Christ.