Reading: 1 Timothy 4 (1 – 16)
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.6 If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters,[a] you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 9 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. 10 That is why we labour and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Saviour of all people, and especially of those who believe.11 Command and teach these things. 12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
The key verse in Paul’s first letter to Timothy is seen in the above reading and verse 12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”
Recently, I read a daily scripture reading booklet which centred for six days on being examples in our life in Christ. Andrew Murray wrote “God has no more precious gift as a man who lives as an embodiment of His will, and inspires those around him with the faith of what grace can do.” When Paul writes “set or be an example” he means “be a role model. The first car off an assembly line is a prototype of all that follows. Dressmakers study the pattern, and then design the garment accordingly. The word “ideal” sounds lofty, and it is. But even if you don’t achieve the ideal, it should be your goal. What Paul was saying to Timothy was “When you talk about Jesus, people should see so much of Him in your life that they desire to know Him. When you talk about faith, the evidence of it should be so compelling that they want to live it. The Poet wrote
I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day
I’d rather one should walk with me than merely show the way
The eye’s a better pupil and more willing than the ear
Fine counsel is confusing but examples always clear.
And the best of all the preachers, are the men who live their creeds
For to see good put into action is what everybody needs.
I soon can learn to do it, if you’ll let me see it done
I can see your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.
And the lectures you deliver, may be very fine and true;
But I’d rather get my lesson by observing what you do
For I may not understand you and the high advice you give
But there’s no misunderstanding how you act and live
.It’s nice to say “be an example” but in what specific areas?
be an example in speech Solomon says in Proverbs 29: 20” Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” The trouble with words is, once they’re spoken their impact is felt either positively or negatively – and you can’t take them back. Here’s the litmus test for your words, and it’s a high standard. “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord” (Psalm 19: 14) So, today, let your words be faith building, for people battle with doubt and fear. Let your words be comforting, for people have wounds you cannot see. Let your words be uplifting, for people get worn down by criticism and discouragement. Let your words be calming, for God has promised to bless you if you are a peacemaker. And let your words be character building, that way you’ll leave people better off than you found them.
Let us Pray: Lord help us to be an example in speech for the glory of your name and the benefit of eternal souls. Amen
Eglwys y bedyddwyr carmel baptist church pontlliw
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Rev. H. Vincent Watkins
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