1 Timothy 6: 11 – 16
"But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen."
Today I am thinking about how we as humans strive to do our very best at what we do. I think about how important trophies become and the satisfaction of being a winner. Being a Christian, you get a certificate of Baptism when you are baptized, but other than that there isn’t any other physical symbol that distinguishes you being a Christian. As Christians we are God’s trophy.
We are the thing that people see the reflection of our invisible God. As Christians we are called to follow God. I thought last week I would stop this blog because of my actions, but I was called by God not to stop. I agreed that this blog would include the good and the bad. Maybe I am not completely at the point that others can see God in me yet, but if God is going to use me, I agreed for Him to break down barriers, change my character, and be honest about how God can change someone.
Even in the life of Timothy, there were struggles, and as this letter from Paul in today verses states, he warns Timothy that there is a lot that can tempt a person, disrespect, money, and false doctrines.
“12Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
The good confession:
"That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved."
As a final note Paul stressed the urgency of Timothy’s example”
1 Timothy 6:20-21
"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.
Grace be with you."
“God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.”
I am thankful that God can use a broken life. I am also thankful that life will not always be broken.
“Happy are those whose sins are forgiven.”
Dear Lord give us all thankful hearts.
Jesus Christ is Lord! Proclaim it, rejoice, and revive our thankful hearts!