"Preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths. As for you, be always steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry" (2 Timothy 4:2-5).
Paul is writing from Rome, where he is under house arrest, to Timothy, who may be at his home in Lystra in Asia Minor. We know from Acts that Timothy accompanied Paul and shared his missionary work. Now Paul is, in a sense, 'passing the mantel' of spiritual leadership to his younger protege.
Metaphysically, I think this passage describes the spiritual purpose for which each of us spiritual beings have moved into mortal expression. Once we have awakened to the Truth of our spiritual identity, it is important to stay focused, even (or especially) when the world around us gets chaotic or the thoughts in our own mind get chaotic. I think the underlying message is vigilance. There will be others around us—and thoughts within us—that are still based in energies of fear, anger, and limitation. Just as Jesus warned of false messiahs, so Paul is warning that we may be distracted and misled by false teachers who offer messages that "suit their own likings." If you've already decided what you want to believe, you will be drawn to a 'teacher' who supports that belief, whether or not they are anchored in Truth. The old, fear-based myths in our consciousness will always be there, trying to get our attention. It's important to be "always steady" in our faith, keeping our focus on Spirit.