September 16, 2020

I remember in middle school we were required to take a Home Economics class.  This class consisted of learning to sew, carrying around a baby made of rice for a week, and learning to cook.  

Each Friday we were given the freedom to cook anything we wanted.  My group always chose pancakes mainly because it was quick and easy.  Ever since learning the basics of several different skills, I’ve been able to use said skills throughout my adult years.  In Paul’s letters to Timothy we see a charge for Timothy to remain devoted to what he has been taught.

1 Timothy 4: 12-16
12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. 14 Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. 15 Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. 16 Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.

In this passage Paul states to Timothy that his age should not limit his effectiveness in showing people Jesus.  This is mainly accomplished by being the example of Jesus to people through our speech, how we treat each other, and how we live on a daily basis.  Pauls reminds Timothy that if we devote ourselves to following Jesus in these ways, that people will come to salvation.  

How we live matters.  Our conduct matters.  The world is watching those who claim to follow Christ to see how we respond in all situations.   How we act under the various circumstances of life shows everyone around us either an accurate representation of Jesus or a false one.  

I find the more often I do something or practice at it, the easier it becomes.  This is what we see throughout scripture about our walk with Christ.  It’s something that we persevere in and give everything for.  The reward of this walk is that as we walk with him, we find salvation for ourselves and share it with others.  

Father, help me to devote myself wholly to living for you in everything I do.  May people see less of me and more of you in every interaction that takes place each day.  Show me areas in my life that I must let go or give up so that you may be seen more clearly each day in my life. 
In Jesus name, Amen.


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