Today you should read: 1 Timothy 6:11-21
So we have reached the end of 1Timothy and Paul is giving Timothy, and us, a strong charge to do 3 things.
1. Stand firm in your faith- Verses 11-14
Paul tells Timothy to “Fight the good fight for the true faith” and this is our calling as well. Faith is not something that comes easy or naturally for us. It has to be a fight, each and every day. We have our sinful nature, the temptations of this world and a ruthless enemy who all desire to “shipwreck” our faith (1 Timothy 1:19). We must be willing to fight each day to hold tight to Jesus. We can’t coast through this life.
2. Do good with what God has given you- Verses 17-19
Paul tells Timothy to teach and instruct those who are rich to use their wealth to do good. We too must use our resources to do good to others. God is a gift giver who longs for His children to be like Him, gift givers. God gives to us so that we would give to others. God can only fill empty hands. Many of us struggle so much to let go of stuff, maybe a house, a car, a degree, job, toys, etc. God has blessings and gifts that we cannot even imagine and yet we hold on tightly to old, worn things. We trust in our things to give us protection and security. These things are meant to be used to do good, not hoard. We cannot put our trust in the gifts we have in this life, our trust must be in the one who gave them to us. So use them to do good and be ready for god to pour out even greater blessings.
3. Avoid “knowledge”
Paul warns Timothy about “foolish discussions” and how they have caused some to wander form the faith. Now, I don’t know what kind of discussions Paul had in mind but I think today we have several “foolish discussions” abounding today. They range from wacky spiritual practices to slight misinterpretations of God’s word. Either way, we are called to avoid these “foolish discussions”. Most of these discussions pull us away from a true loving relationship with Jesus and a desire to love His church and the world. A good rule of thumb is this:
If a discussion or topic deters you from being more in love Jesus, His church and the world then it is not profitable for you.
So fight the good fight of the faith, do good to others and avoid “foolish discussions”.
Posted by:Robbie Byrd