Sunday 16 February, 2014

1 Timothy 6:11-16

11 But you are a man of God. Run away from all of those things. Try hard to do what is right and godly. Have faith, love and gentleness. Hold on to what you believe. 12 Fight the good fight along with all other believers. Take hold of eternal life. You were chosen for it when you openly told others what you believe. Many witnesses heard you. 13 God gives life to everything. Christ Jesus told the truth when he gave witness to Pontius Pilate. In the sight of God and Christ, I give you a command. 14 Obey it until our Lord Jesus Christ appears. Obey it completely. Then no one can find fault with it or you. 15 God will bring Jesus back at a time that pleases him. God is the blessed and only Ruler. He is the greatest King of all. He is the most powerful Lord of all. 16 God is the only one who can’t die. He lives in light that no one can get close to. No one has seen him. No one can see him. Give honor and power to him forever. Amen.

The world would say “You are number one. Spoil yourself. Pursue fame and fortune.”

But God says “Run from the love of money and pursue righteousness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.”

I think this is about our focus in life. It does not mean that we cannot have nice things in this world, but that our focus should be on generosity and purity before God. However, that is not always simple. It is easy to get distracted by material possessions or things which lead us away from God. That is why Paul tells Timothy to “Hold tightly to the eternal life God has given you”.

Many people criticise Christianity as a “crutch” in life for the weak. But it takes real muscle to continue to do things God’s way, and to stand up for what we believe in.

Lord, Help us to stand firmly, ”fighting the good fight”, clinging to purity, perseverance, generosity and gentleness so that we can be prepared for your return. We honour  “the blessed and only almighty God, the King of Kings and Lord of lords”.

Written by Megan Cornell

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