Archive for February 7th, 2011

I Timothy 6

1 Timothy 6 has Paul exhorting Timothy about dealing with those who “teach a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ”.  We all know that many don’t agree with God’s Word.  They want to live by their own ideas or follow something other than the Truth.  So Paul tells us the root of that – he lists the traits of one who is unwilling to accept God’s Word:

–       “puffed up with conceit

–       understands nothing

–       unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words

–       produce envy

–       dissension

–       slander

–       evil suspicions

–       constant friction

Those who refuse to follow God’s Word are on their own mission – they have their own agenda – and we must stay clear of that.  We are charged to study and understand God’s truth and to protect and use it to live life.

In fact – Paul gives us this direction – “there is great gain in godliness with contentment”.  Are you content in Jesus?  Do you realize that is the plan for us if we live as Christ Followers should?  We should be living godly and content lives.  We should be absolutely filled with joy in our circumstances if we are walking with God.  Does contentment mean life is perfect?  Not at all – but it does mean we understand this truth: “we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world…. if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content”.  It all comes down to ownership and way too many of us think we own things.  We don’t – it all belongs to God and we are merely stewards of what He allows us to have.  We need to get that through our thick skull and realize that God gives us enough.  When we continue to seek more – well the results are not good: “those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires….the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils”.  If we want to succeed in our walk with Jesus we have to let go of the desire to be rich.  We have to flee the temptation of having much and learn contentment with what God entrusts to us.  Is it wrong to want more?  It is if it keeps us from experiencing contentment in our walk with Jesus. 

Paul wraps this letter with things we need to do to live as a man of God.  How we live really does matter.  There are things that make us godly and holy and we need to be focused on those things.  “But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called….keep the commandment unstained….guard the deposit entrusted to you”.  It really comes down to us taking charge of our lives and pursuing the right things.  We need to flee that which will pull us away from God – the love of money and self – and pursue with all our heart that which makes us like Him.  What are you chasing?  Where are you spending your time?  Is it all about you and what you are accumulating here on earth or are you focused on heavenly things and eternity.  That is what we need to have in our sights.  The rest of it all goes away.  We didn’t bring anything with us when we entered – we won’t take anything with us when we leave – except for our walk with God.  That is what matters.  How are you doing with yours?

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