“Command and teach these things” 1 Timothy 4:11.
We are to train ourselves to be godly as godliness has value in this present life and the life to come. We labor and strive with hope in the living God as our motivation to flee from our sinful lives to take hold of the promise of eternal life that God has given us and declared with an oath. So, now it is time to break this down into specific behaviors. Speaking to the young evangelist first but to us by extension, we are to “set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” We must also “devote” ourselves “to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.” We must not, and this is perhaps the most challenging—not neglect our gifts. If benevolence, edification, and evangelism are our core values, to not live these instructions out is to sin by omission. James 4:17 says, “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” To not set an example is to not show edification. To not be devoted to reading, preaching, and teaching is to not show evangelism. And, to neglect our gifts to not serve others is to not show benevolence.
Are you living out our core values?
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