Here, Paul is encouraging Timothy who is a young leader of the Church in Ephesus. Paul reminds Timothy of the faith in Jesus that lives in him and which has been passed down from his grandmother to his mother and then to him. Clearly God is at work in him even though he might feel inadequate and not up to the task of leading the church.
Paul writes, (verse 9), “He [that is God] has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,”
Each one of us who follows Jesus are called to a holy life, that is, we are set apart to fulfill our purpose for the sake of the Gospel. A holy life is one that is different from the world and distinctly lived for Jesus.
God in and through Jesus Christ has a purpose for each one of us. We are gifted because of the grace of God at work in us. Each day we have the opportunity to live into our holy calling and purposes. What will this day mean? How will we serve Christ Jesus by serving others this day? What purposes of God will we fulfill today?