Join us today for an episode about the reason we often have itchy ears...
Today's episode is focused on 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5...
In today’s spiritual foundation episode about investing in yourself, I talk with you about 2 Timothy 3: 14-4:5. I share why we need to study in community. I also talk with you about what it means to have itchy ears.
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Episode 1237: The Spirit of Itchy Ears
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[00:01:26] In today's spiritual foundation episode about investing in yourself, I talk with you about second Timothy chapter three versus 14 through chapter four, verse five. I share why we need to study in community, and I also talk with you about what it means to have itchy ears. Second Timothy chapter three, verse 14 through chapter four, verse five says, But as for you, continuing what you have learned and firmly believe, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have known [00:02:00] the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
[00:02:06] All scriptures inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for rep proof, for correction, and for training. Ande. So that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living in the dead and in view of his appearing and his kingdom.
[00:02:27] I solemnly urge you proclaim the message. Be persistent. Whether the time is favorable or unfavorable. Convince, rebuke, and encourage with the utmost patience in teaching for the time is coming when people will not put up with sound. Doct. But having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves, teachers to suit their own desires and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to miss.
[00:02:55] As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the [00:03:00] work of an evangelist, and carry out your ministry fully. Now, this is another one of those passages from Timothy where Paul is instructing Timothy. His job and kind of what he's calling him to do in ministry now that Paul is locked up as well. And this is about our faith journey and our journey in discipleship.
[00:03:27] Oftentimes I think we feel like we're earning our way, we're working our way in, when in reality we aren't grasping the outpouring of grace and the fact that what we're doing is in response to that grace, not to earn our way in, but as an answer to the giftings that we have, because that is really what's powerful for what we.
[00:03:56] To keep proclaiming, to keep offering, to keep pointing to, [00:04:00] to keep saying, this is what it is, and that's easier said than done. It, it's hard to keep speaking when no one wants to listen, but Instead, when people have what is described in this passage as itchy ears, this feeling of just wanting to be told what they already know or what they want to be told, they want to hear the message that they want, not the truth that it's even harder to keep speaking the truth.
[00:04:34] This beginning of this passage is sort. An instruction in Bible reading. It's saying we need to keep reading the Bible. We need to keep working on these human stories. We. Need to keep sharing the message. We need to remember the hope and the spirit that it came to us in. And we need to do that in community because [00:05:00] this is about not doing more than just understanding it.
[00:05:03] It's about living it. And we only do that with mentorship and with community around us. The parts. We wrestle with the parts that are confusing. The parts that are challenging to us are just as surely parts of the Bible as the parts that say the things that we want to hear. And we've gotta keep asking ourself what is it that we need to hear from this message today.
[00:05:30] And this isn't just for preachers, this is for all of us. This is for all of us who are charged with sharing. Our relationships with sharing, our understanding, with sharing what message we get from it, because this is, despite the feeling, sometimes not wasted effort. It is effort that we need to keep doing it.
[00:05:56] It's messages that we need to keep [00:06:00] passing even when they don't feel like they're being heard. You know that itching ears isn't really a condemnation. It's not really bad news. It's not really about failure. It's about the idea that we need to keep sharing the good news because that's the message that keeps us from going astray.
[00:06:25] That's the message that keeps us from going somewhere else. That's the message that keeps pointing us back to the relationship with God. Thanks for listening.
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For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. - 2 Timothy 4: 3-4