Not impossible

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

Command those who are rich in this world’s goods not to be haughty or to set their hope on riches, which are uncertain, but on God who richly provides us with all things for our enjoyment. Tell them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, to be generous givers, sharing with others. In this way they will save up a treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the future and so lay hold of what is truly life. 1 Timothy 6.17-19

Jesus said in Matthew 19.23-24 that it is difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven; that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. It is not impossible to be rich and have salvation.

However, obedience to Paul’s instructions to Timothy on what to command those who are rich is rare to see. They are not to be arrogant or put their trust and hope in their riches. Money is uncertain. Here today and gone tomorrow! They should put their hope in God who provides us with all things. He not only provides but does so richly.

Timothy was to teach the rich to do good, to be generous givers sharing what they have with others. Their treasure is not to be stored here on earth where moth and dust corrupt and where thieves break in and steal, but their treasure is in heaven, Matthew 6.19-21. That is where their heart should be. Paul states that the future treasure is what is truly life.

In a sense we are all rich. We see in Acts 2.44-45 that the new Christians had all things in common and sold their property to help their brethren. Humility, generosity and the knowledge that God will richly provide for us are attitudes that we should all strive for in the here and now. Are you rich?

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This saying deserves full acceptance

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

and our Lord’s grace was abundant, bringing faith and love in Christ Jesus. This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance:”Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” – and I am the worst of them! But here is why I was treated with mercy: so that in me as the worst, Christ Jesus could demonstrate his utmost patience, as an example for those who are going to believe in him for eternal life. Now to the eternal king, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever! Amen. 1 Timothy 1.14-17

Paul wrote this letter to Timothy. He is extolling the abundant grace and utmost patience that Jesus Christ shows toward us all.

Jesus did not come to earth to set up an earthly kingdom, as some would have us believe. He came to save sinners of which Paul claims the title of being the worst. Paul wrote to Timothy of the reason for which he was treated with mercy. If Jesus could be patient with Paul, then anyone could come to him in obedience and receive salvation.

Once again we see where Jesus serves as our example. Do you have patience with others when you are teaching them the truth from the Bible? Or do you get irritated when they do not immediately agree with what you are teaching? Just as Jesus was patient with Paul so we must be with those we are teaching to help them see the truth found in God’s word.

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Train yourself: 1 Timothy 4.7

“But reject those myths fit only for the godless and gullible, and train yourself for godliness.”

1 Timothy 4.7

Paul tells his son in the faith what to avoid and what to concentrate on. He should give no space to tall tales, but vigorously exercise himself in his spiritual duties.

Spiritual fitness means leaving off bad foods and working hard to be God’s dedicated servant. It requires no little effort.

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Let no one look down on you: 1 Timothy 4.12

“Let no one look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in your speech, conduct, love, faithfulness, and purity.”

1 Timothy 4.12

Youth has its disadvantages. Proverbs, for example, is an appeal to the young not to be foolish, but wise. The gospel changes even the young. They can be great examples to the whole church.

What is your disadvantage? In the place of “young” in the verse above, put your personal disadvantage. The gospel can change you, also, so that you can be an example.

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Care for the church of God: 1 Timothy 3.5

“But if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for the church of God?”

1 Timothy 3.5

Family life is a demonstration of a man’s ability to care for others. For this reason elders must be family men. They must be proven in the home, before being placed in care of God’s church.

Elders are not businessmen. Never look to their success as professionals or in business. Such people often make the worst shepherds. Ask, how do they treat other people, especially their own household?

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Tell them: 1 Timothy 6.18

“Tell them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, to be generous givers, sharing with others.”

1 Timothy 6.18

Paul tells Timothy to pass on these instructions to those who are rich in this world’s goods, to think of others and be generous. Sometimes, the more one has the more one wants to keep for self.

Let yourself be bothered with the needs of others. Take time to see where others are, how you can be helpful. Think ahead, v. 19, and invest in the future of life.

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What you teach

“Be conscientious about how you live and what you teach. Persevere in this, because by doing so you will save both yourself and those who listen to you.”

1 Timothy 4.16

It appears that Timothy was easily distracted from his main task. Paul calls him to concentrate on the gospel. Only the gospel saves.

We must practice what we preach. We must also preach what we practice, for people are saved by the words of the message of Christ, Acts 11.14.

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1 Timothy 3. 5: Rule or manage?

Do we have a difference in social influence or linguistic development in 1 Tim. 3.5, where most of the modern versions (including ESV, NET, NASB etc.) translate as “manage,” while the older versions render it as “rule.” Modern exceptions are NKJV (maybe just following the KJV) and AMP.

In my devotional today, I find the former verb referring to the family (rule/manage) to be stronger than the second which refers to the church (take care of). Or have I missed the boat?

UPDATE: Devo link included.

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