Monday, April 25, 2011

Notes to the Lord:On Growing Character

1 Timothy 4

11Teach these things and tell everyone to do what you say. 12Don't let anyone make fun of you, just because you are young. Set an example for other followers by what you say and do, as well as by your love, faith, and purity.

Lord Jesus--Paul’s instruction is to be the pace setter...the example that everyone looks up to. Love, faith and purity are measures that are pointed to in a world that twists and turns and is in constant change. Let me be a person who in the middle of change shows qualities of love, faith and purity. Even when the context shifts and twists help me demonstrate durability in these qualities.

13Until I arrive, be sure to keep on reading the Scriptures in worship, and don't stop preaching and teaching. 14Use the gift you were given when the prophets spoke and the group of church leaders blessed you by placing their hands on you.

Lord Jesus--Staying the course over time is what you call your people to. It is doing the same things over time that shape character and the qualities that Paul has just mentioned of love, faith, and purity. Using gifts given, remembering and cherishing the places where past light has been received.

15Remember these things and think about them, so everyone can see how well you are doing. 16Be careful about the way you live and about what you teach. Keep on doing this, and you will save not only yourself, but the people who hear you.

Lord Jesus--So much of the time I think about things that really don’t matter...they are distractions, at best. Paul points Timothy to ponder the places where You have worked and remember them...that these points of light should encourage and inform living in the present tense. The results of this kind of life style will have impacts for Timothy and for those who are a part of his church.

In this day Lord Jesus that will start soon, let me walk the walk that sees character formed.

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