Saturday, December 8, 2012
Welcome to Day 342 of our Life Journal!
Click here for today’s reading: 1 Timothy 1; 1 Timothy 2; 1 Timothy 3; 1 Timothy 4 2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
1 Timothy 1:5, “The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”
1 Timothy 2:1, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior…”
1 Timothy 3:7, “He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.”
1 Timothy 4:16, “Watch your life and doctrine closely.”
“…That we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”
Godliness and holiness…
Now there’s a tall order. We are getting down to it now…
Keep in mind that Paul is mentoring young Timothy. Paul told him to not let anyone look down on him because he was young, but to set an example for the believers “in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”
People love to make the Christian life complicated, mystical… hard.
Of course, Paul IS talking here about how to conduct ourselves… and who can or cannot be a deacon or overseer in the church. There were, are, requirements based upon the fruit of our lives. There is a standard for us as believers and for leaders in particular.
I don’t think it’s hard. I think it’s easy. Godliness and holiness aren’t easy, but when you are a son, you don’t have to strive to earn acceptance or be “worthy.” When you are a son, you ARE a son. I am only made holy and righteous by what HE has done. Not by what I do.
Jesus said all the Law and the prophets hung on two simple commands: Love God and Love people. When we do that, it simplifies things a bit. When I live my life trying to do what is right, I become more “righteous.”
Paul told Timothy to “set and example.” In 1 Corinthians 11:1, Paul stated, “Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ.”
He basically told Timothy to do the same. Become an example for others to follow.
Good advice for all of us, dontyathink?
Lord help me to become an example for others to follow…