Posts Tagged ‘ timothy ’

Day 89: All Scripture is God-breathed

Passage: 2 Timothy 3:10-4:8
Key Verse: “Preach the Word” 4:2

Distraction.  We all face it.  Whather its buying that hoodie from the internet we dont need , or watching that TV programme we never sat down to watch ,or just thinking about ourselves and how good we are ; we always get distracted from the main thing.

In this passage Paul is focused, and makes it clear to everyone.  Morover he tells us to have a sharp focus – Preach the Word. That Word is Jesus . He tells us to be prepared always , even when we dont feel like it or face distraction. He commands us to be resonable in all situations and to keep telling other about Jesus, even when it is tough.

Spend time today at the feet of Jesus. Focus on Him and ask Him to help you complete on the task Paul gives.

Tim

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Day 88: Good Soldiers of Christ

Passage: 2 Timothy 2
Key Verse: 
“Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal” v8

I find it so easy to get diverted; to be concerned by peripherals and consumed by details; to lose the plot and lose sight of the essential. Which isn’t to say that peripherals and details aren’t important; they are – but in their place! The examples Paul uses to encourage and inspire are all groups whose success depends on single-minded focus; soldiers, athletes and farmers.

So what blurs our focus? Well obviously the temptations that reflect our inner desires  (v 22) but the recurring warning seems to be about words. Quarrelling about words; godless chatter; and foolish and stupid arguments. Why is it always easier to find time for these diversions than it is for reflection and prayer and seeking the insights that God promises (v7)? And why do I forget it is so dangerous – gangrene is a deeply unpleasant image!

Prayer: Lord help me to keep my focus on you the living Saviour so that all the other diversions of life will be in their rightful place.

David McC

Day 87: The Love of Money

Passage: 1 Timothy 6:3-21

I own lots of things. In global terms I am incredibly wealthy. And yet I have to ask myself, ‘Have I learned that godliness with contentment is great gain.’ (vs. 6).  How easily I have fallen into the trap and into the many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men (and women and young people) into ruin and destruction.  Paul warns the rich and those who pursue wealth, who ‘love money.’  I try to convince myself that none of this applies to me, but it does.  The other side of the coin is Paul’s command to pursue (make a big effort, try hard, work at) righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness (vs.11).  It is in God we have our hope, not money.

I am struck by Paul’s final instruction to the young Timothy –“guard what has been entrusted to your care.” What is that?  I think it is the good news of Jesus Christ who brings real life to all.  We are commanded to guard the truth faithfully and to pass it on to others, young and old.

Alistair

Day 86: Elders & Deacons

Passage: 1 Timothy 3:1-16
Key Verse: “Now the overseer is to be above reproach…” 1 Timothy 3:2a

Leadership is important. It matters that those who lead are people of integrity…especially within the church.

The really obvious thing to look for in a leader is whether people follow them. In order for this to happen, the leader needs to be someone worth following! And so it is vital for a leader to be a person of good character, integrity and humility.

Above all else a leaders lifestyle should be one that is an example to those following. For me, this is more important than gifting or charisma or skills, because, more than anything it’s attitudes and actions that rub off onto the follower. For me, this creates the biggest challenge and responsibility of leadership.

Rick

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