When we are called to the Lord’s service, he does not simply toss us into battle and tell us to hope for the best. Instead, he prepares us for the journey ahead, and he arms us with the tools we need to be victorious. Timothy was still a young pastor of a Gentile Church. That had to seem a bit daunting for the young shepherd. But, Paul reminded him and us he was not going in alone.
He first reminded Timothy that he was raised in the faith and taught by the best. Timothy had a Godly Mom and Grandmother. He grew up seeing what faith looked like and seeing God preparing and protecting the folks he most loved and admired. Second, he reminded Timothy he was equipped with the Holy Spirit of God–God in us. He guides, comforts and empowers us to be that for which we were created.
We have nothing to fear–we are prepared and equipped to do that for which we were raised and called–Let’s Go do what we were put here for!
God Bless You
I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, 4 greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy, 5 when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. 6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
It is easy to forget that all we do in life, as a believer, we do to honor God. Paul as he was ending his letter to Timothy and one last principal that he saw as a priority for the Pastor–the teaching of proper priority and respect. In the church, we cannot allow our faith to be used as an excuse for how we behave. Paul reminded Timothy that as slaves, the believers needed to be the best and most respectful slaves in the country. Masters needed to treat their slaves with benevolence and respect. The priority lies in honoring God–not in the position of employment.
The same holds true in position in life–rich or poor, leader or follower, pastor or new believer–the key is to live a life that honors God first and foremost. Paul wanted Timothy to see that the prestige the world offers; is simply a distraction to what is really important–following the Lord.
In our lives, we face the same struggle in where we work, in what we own and with whom we do life. Our duty and desire is to follow God. We recognize that God leads and orchestrates our journey and we are content to follow–wherever it leads. As we do, he will bless us, provide for our needs and prepare us for the real life of eternity with him. We have to learn to be content in whatever our circumstance, and allow him to create the life we are to lead.
God Bless You
All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered. 2 Those who have believing masters should not show them disrespect just because they are fellow believers. Instead, they should serve them even better because their masters are dear to them as fellow believers and are devoted to the welfare[a] of their slaves.These are the things you are to teach and insist on. 3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4 they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions 5 and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
6-10 You’ve been raised on the Message of the faith and have followed sound teaching. Now pass on this counsel to the followers of Jesus there, and you’ll be a good servant of Jesus. Stay clear of silly stories that get dressed up as religion. Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart.
The world has a way of infiltrating the Church. Certainly, it is because the body of Christ is made up of people. No matter the time or place, the more people get involved in the faith, the more they want to help God out by incorporating their personal beliefs and traditions into our worship of him. So many churches have split or died over the silliest issues–carpet color, music, placement of furniture–and a host of trivial matters that do not impact the faith in any way.
Paul tells Timothy–keep it simple. Worship God, and him only. Don’t allow the church to define itself by dietary principles, or other man-made traditions. Allow Christ to be what defines the church. Make him the object of worship. As we do this, the faith will grow and sustain those who believe.
In our lives, we too must focus on the truth and the Savior. We cannot let tradition and man-made rules to drive people from Christ and into the hands of the enemy. We need to follow him closely and teach the truth to those whom will listen. All the while, remaining on guard for the attacks of the enemy. God always wants to make it simple–trust him and allow him to lead. He will make you exactly what you need to be!
God Bless You
The Spirit clearly says, in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.6 If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters,[a] you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8 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. 9 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. 10 That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.