Thursday, February 15, 2007

1 Timothy 4:1-16

There is so much in this passage. Where do I start?

With the intriguing line, “4For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, provided it is received with thanksgiving;”? I could easily write of my own need to wake up to holiness and sacredness in ordinary, everyday places where it is all too easily missed. Maybe you would benefit from this too?

Or how about “train yourself in godliness”? Training is something I know a fair amount about, and the analogy to the spiritual life is a rich one. We don’t simply try to be good Christians, we train ourselves for godliness. We structure our lives and commit ourselves to the regular practice of disciplines that inevitably produce a desired result. What does our training regime look like? How good are we at sticking to it?

Or maybe I should focus on the command “do not neglect the gift that is in you.” What is the one thing that really matters—our single best chance to impact the world with the love of Christ? What is our gift, and how are we developing it and employing it? We are all so very busy, with so much on our plate—it is all too easy to neglect not only our specific gift (whatever it may be) but also service in general.

There is so much in this passage. What is God saying to you?

No comments: