Time trots on. I pray that you are in tune with the passing of time for He makes it clear that we are to number (count) our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12) In this new year I desire to do this. I will fail, but getting up and dusting off and moving forward. Yes! Don't you agree that is a most valuable thing. Not just what we do, but how we do it.
Amazingly it is our seventh week to observe some of the scriptures I brought up to you on November 20th, 2017.
We did take one week to simply reflect on some of the literary mentors in my own life and their words over life and Christ on December 25, 2017. But other than that we are pushing forward to:
Today we open into a passage in 1 Timothy. A little background on this author might be helpful. This book is the letter Paul wrote to Timothy. Timothy was Eunice's son and Lois' grandson. They were diligent in teaching Timothy the Scriptures of the OT. From certain accounts it has been determined that Timothy actually accepted Christ with Paul.
Timothy's father was a Greek, and Timothy had not been circumcised. Paul asked Timothy to be circumcised. Not as an act of salvation, but as an act of ministry to those he was ministering to. You see he was ministering to many Jews and even his mother, Eunice, was Jewish.
I wonder if Paul just talked it over with Timothy and said something like, "Let's just take this circumcision conflict off of the table so we can get to the heart of people." I really would like to have been a fly on the wall for that conversation. Not the actual surgery, but the conversation! Ouch!!
Paul valued Timothy as a person that showed compassion for people and commitment to the LORD. He took Timothy with him on several missions. As Paul's ministry drew to a close he reached out to Timothy to encourage him to remain strong and true to his calling. This is one of two letters (Epistles) that Paul wrote to Timothy to encourage him.
I find many encouraging words in both Timothy 1 and 2. However, today we look at these verses 1Timothy 6:17-21.
"Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed. O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called "knowledge" ⏤ which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith." 1 Timothy 6: 17-21 NASB
Mentors are so important in our lives. I have often turned this passage into a mentoring conversation.
Am I beginning to allow this present world to press in on me? Have I become conceited or fixed my hope on riches? On what I can have materially instead of on God who will meet all my needs and bless me with all good things?
Am I doing good? Not am I good, am I doing good? Am I generous and willing and ready to share?
Am I storing up for myself treasures of a good foundation for the hardships of the future. Those deep treasures of truth and courage that are needed to press forward and bring me through tough times and hard challenges that are sure to come in the future?
Am I really delving into LIVING life in full with Christ? It is for sure the only way to really LIVE!
Am I guarding what has been entrusted to me? Do I value my relationships? Am I a good steward of what has been given to me? Am I entering into communion with God daily?
And this word about avoiding worldly and empty chatter. WHEW! This in a world that has more words than every before floating around on the internet, on the television, in our conversations, and in our brains. Can I step away and remove myself from all of that? Am I strong enough to stay fully focused on the reality of God instead of the frustrations of the moment?
Do I spend my time bantering, or debating, or even more divisively ⏤ downright arguing, with other believers over things that are really not important? Things that are not salvation issues. Things that will be explained when we meet God face to face on the other side. Do I spend my time on these things, or do I spend my time on sharing the Good News in its majesty and yet simplicity. Am I living the Good News of Christ Jesus? Entering daily into His great gift and sacrifice of Himself for me.
Let me keep the salvation road simplified by the truth that Christ came to save. Accept Him and He will do the work to change me and to change those He calls His children.
How? By giving us the thirst, the desire. By taking us to places that are dark where there is no other place to turn but to Him. By allowing us to go through hard times. By giving us people in our lives that call us back to His heart. By setting really good books down in front of us that we pick up and read and are convicted about where we are and where we are going. If any of these describe you ⏤ run don't walk back to the safety of His heart!
God receives the glory for saving us. God is the one who receives the glory for bringing us back from the cliffs.
As believers we encourage each other. We share in our struggles. We build each other up. But it is He alone who draws and heals. It is He alone who saves.
Boy am I ever thankful for that. It is not up to me. It is His job. And He will do it.
So there you have some thoughts on 1 Timothy 6:17-21. I am sure it is clear why it is one of my favorites. It is such a good mirror to put up for myself. Something to check myself on. A passage pointing me toward Him and not toward the world. A mentor passage!
I encourage you to ponder this particular passage this week. God is very gentle when we go to Him and ask Him to show us where we are letting the presses of our culture form us, instead of the Holy Spirit. When we ask Him to help us, He does!
I pray that you will find Him in your mornings and in your evenings. Spend time with Him. He is a wondrous adventure.
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