Please read 1 Timothy 3, 4, 5, and 6:1-10. All in one place! What are you learning today? Even the familiar passages are so important to re-visit. It’s a surprise every day – how the Bible can seem new every time we open. What did you circle in your reading today? Come on back and let’s visit!
“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
God was manifested in the flesh,
Justified in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Preached among the Gentiles,
Believed on in the world,
Received up in glory.”
1 Timothy 3:16
And there it is – how about Paul, getting straight to the bottom line? The Gospel is simple, accessible to all. Let’s not present this as complicated.
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons” 1 Timothy 4:1
People will turn away, so don’t be surprised or discouraged by these things. It is disheartening, heartbreaking even, to see people of faith fail. Seems as if we see it happen more and more…. However, regardless of the choices of others: you stay faithful, you make your progress evident, you move forward- even as others move forward. You can grow spiritually without judgement on the progress of others – that is a sign of maturity. Concern yourself with God’s judgement of you. Can we just highlight this entire chapter?
“For we brought nothing into this world, [a]and it is certain we can carry nothing out” 1 Timothy 6:7
I relate 1 Timothy 6:7 to Exodus 20:17: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.” Focus on what is important. Choose the best part. Even under grace, we still have to follow the law. Jesus fulfilled the law – He did not nullify it.