Paul does not want Timothy to listen to the false teaching and "wives tales" that can sometimes filter into the church and into its teaching.  He reminds him to ignore anything that tries to steal his freedom and dilute God's grace.  Admittedly, that can be hard to do when the people you love and trust fall into that trap.  It is so much easier to "go with the flow" and not swim upstream against the popular teachings of the day.  Paul reminds his protege that God has commanded him to "be an example of the believers" to all those that he knows and loves.  He tells Timothy that his example should extend to every part of his life (word, conduct, love, faith and purity).    He also reminds Timothy of the gifts that God has strengthened in him through the laying on of hands.  Those gifts are key ingredients in his success in ministry and will constantly remind him of God's plan for his life.  The Apostle tells Timothy to be absorbed in these things knowing they will provide help him strength against the tide of false teaching and of rumors that normally show up at the most stressful and difficult moments of ministry.    God's call on each of our lives is identical to the call placed on Timothy's life.  God expects us to ignore those teachings that bind us up and hinder the word of the ministry.  He also expects us to "be an example of the believers" at home, at work, and at church.  God has gifted each of us and expects us to use the gifts for His glory and His kingdom's growth.  We must be absorbed by each of these things so that we walk faithfully with the Lord and stay humble before Him.

Help me, Lord, to be completely absorbed by Your truth, Your grace, and the gifts You have bestowed upon me.  Help me to set an example for all believers to follow and swim upstream for as long as you call me to.