Saturday 8 February, 2014

1 Timothy 4:6-10

6 Point these things out to the brothers and sisters. Then you will serve Christ Jesus well. You were brought up in the truths of the faith. You received good teaching. You followed it. 7 Don’t have anything to do with godless stories and silly tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly. 8 Training the body has some value. But being godly has value in every way. It promises help for the life you are now living and the life to come. 9 Here is a saying you can trust. You can accept it completely. 10 We work hard for it. Here is the saying. We have put our hope in the living God. He is the Savior of all people. Most of all he is the Savior of those who believe.

If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, brought up in the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed (1 Timothy 4:6).

When Paul calls Timothy a good minister of Christ Jesus, He is telling Timothy to be a good servant of Jesus Christ.

To be a good servant, we need certain things; first we watch what we are feeding on. Feed on the words of faith and the doctrine we have followed.

What do we feed on daily and what do we put in our mind? Is it sports, TV, our finances? If any of these things are our daily diet, then we will be a spiritually undernourished servant of Jesus. Paul says what we feed on is what is going to determine how effective we become.

None of the above is wrong; it’s just that we need to regulate them. Anything that is dangerously distracting will easily control our thoughts.

Paul encourages Timothy to give himself to what really feeds his spiritual life, which is that we need the truth of our faith and good teaching.

Paul advises two elements: knowledge and decision. He says we need the good, sound words of the faith and good, sound teaching, and we are to follow them. First we learn, and then we do what it says. The Bible gives us God’s insight into life, of who we are, what He intends us to be and what will fulfil us.

Lord, help me to stand fast in the middle of the pressures of life that are facing me. Teach me to be a woman of faith today; give me a faith that acts, a faith that rises up and obeys what You tell me to do. Amen

Written by Cath Croft

2 replies
  1. David Newton says:

    Interesting, I wonder how many Hollywood movies God considers ‘Godless stories and silly tales’!

  2. logos215 says:

    Quick Word Study
    v7 ‘train’ yourself
    The word rendered ‘train’ is ‘gymnázō’ and is where we get the word ‘gymnasium’.
    It does not imply gentle effort, rather it refers to the agility, skill and endurance obtained from constant, rigorous exercise.
    The word would be used to signify the type of preparation of our Olympic athletes!

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