Today's reading is the first letter we have from Paul to Timothy, his "son in the faith." Paul gives Timothy some instructions as he is working with the church in Ephesus. Paul begins by warning about doctrine, and he strongly encourages Timothy to hang on to his faith. He mentions that some have left the faith, but he tells Timothy to "fight the good fight."
Paul gives several instructions about working with this church. He talks about the type of men who should be elders and deacons. He gives instructions about how to treat people in the church as brothers and sister, and how to ensure that the widows are taken care of Paul ends by warning again about false teachers who teach false doctrines, people who "think godliness is a means to financial gain."He continues this thought by teaching about what one's attitude toward money should be. As we read previously in Philippians that Paul has learned to be content whatever the situation, he also teaches his son Timothy that "godliness with contentment is great gain."
Of all the instructions in this letter, though, I think my favorites are the ones directed specifically at Timothy, as he says, "Train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come." He also says, "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity."