Today I read and wrote out 1 Timothy 1:3-7. Two items stuck with me. First, Paul urges Timothy to remain in Ephesus and deal with some hard issues. No room here for Timothy to “find greener grass” or delegate the problems to someone else. He’s the man and this is all him to do, he will need to rely on God and His strength for empowering and encouraging. It will be hard work to confront people and stand for the truth, but that is what he is charged to do. God calls each of us to difficult places at times, as ministry leaders or in whatever place, and we must rely on His guidance and strength to stand and persevere in those places. The second point was Paul’s aim of the charge: love that issues from a pure heart, good conscience, and sincere faith. These three components must be evident and fed and growing to produce the love that Timothy will need to serve in his calling. We desperately need to cultivate these three aspects in our lives to produce the love that’s needed for us to deal with hard people and situations.
What are your thoughts? Please leave a comment. I will read and write vv. 8-11 next.