Sunday rest and reflection!
Scripture reading for December 7th: 1 Timothy 4-6
Do you sometimes feel that you are fighting to keep your focus on the goal of seeing Jesus Christ either when He comes or when you go to be with Him? Do the things of this world compete for your attention and sometimes derail your focus? Timothy, a young pastor, was encouraged to wage a “good fight”.
In Timothy’s day, as ours, one of the distractions was be money. Many people were caught in the pursuit of riches and not content. As people let the love of money affect their choices, they fell into temptation and the trap of the Devil. This opened the door in their lives for ruin and destruction! (1 Timothy 6:6-10) Some had even wandered from the faith!
“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of eternal life, to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:11-12
Paul encouraged his young pastoral protege to pursue righteousness and all the qualities of godliness. We get what we focus on! As we think about Paul’s advice, what is our focus? Are we involved in the fight of faith or for money and material things?
The advice for those who have money is to fight the fight of faith by generous giving! (1 Timothy 6:17-19) Timothy was to warn them not to put their faith in riches, which are very uncertain and can soon vanish. The only way to insure eternal value is to use your riches to win people to the Lord!
“Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith.” 1 Timothy 6:20-21
The war we are in is waged in every-day living. We must always be on guard. Some claim knowledge that is opposed to God’s word. We must know the true word of God and live accordingly to keep from being seduced. Fight the fight of faith in your life today! We win eternally!
In His Love, Pastor John and Mary