Today you should read: 1 Timothy 4:6-16
Paul starts this chapter by informing Timothy that some people will leave the faith because they listen to the false teachings that turn them away from things that God says are good.
Paul then tells Timothy to “put these things before the brothers” (verse 6). He follows it up with a word of encouragement to Timothy and urging him to train for godliness (verse 7). I think the next part is very fitting for this time of year where everybody is making their New Year’s resolutions to get fit and go to the gym more. In verse 8 Paul says, “for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way.” So he says that being physically healthy has some importance, but spiritual health is much more valuable because it has value now and after this physical body dies (end of verse 8). This is the reason that we should work on our relationship with God just as hard as we work on our 2020 weight loss goals.
This next part is the place that I really want to sit on for a minute because it’s something that you see Paul talk about multiple times in his writings. It’s the idea that our words and deeds matter. Paul tells Timothy to, “ Command and teach these things” (verse 11). He then follows it up not with words to tell them, or a sermon outline, or a prayer for him to recite, but instead tells him to “set the believers an example” (verse 12). He then ends this chapter by saying, “Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers” (verse 16). It would be easy for one to say, “God will forgive me so it doesn’t matter what I do as long as I ask for forgiveness.” Only part of this statement is true. Jesus did die to forgive us of our sins, and when we ask for forgiveness he gives it (See 1 John 1:9), but it is wrong to say that this means that our actions are meaningless. We should be an example of God’s love for others to see. If your actions do not reflect Jesus, then maybe your New Year’s resolution should be to strengthen your relationship with God.
By: Jacob Kerr — West Campus Pastoral Ministry Apprentice: Worship and Students
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